….Democrats talking point is that we are doing badly. If the virus disappeared tomorrow, they would say we did a really poor, and even incompetent, job. Not fair, but it is what it is. So far, by the way, we have not had one death. Let’s keep it that way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2020
Courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump is downplaying concerns about the coronavirus, saying the outbreak is “under control” in the United States and the problem is going to “go away.”
“We have very few people with it,” Trump told reporters during a press conference in New Delhi Tuesday.
“The people are getting better, they’re all getting better…I think that the whole situation will start working out,” Trump said.
The badly underfunded Center for Disease Control begs to disagree.
Courtesy of ABC News:
U.S. health officials issued a strong warning about novel coronavirus on Tuesday despite remarks from the Trump administration stating they have the situation under control.
Until now, health officials said they’d hoped to prevent community spread in the United States. But following community transmissions in Italy, Iran and South Korea, health officials believe the virus may not be able to be contained at the border and that Americans should prepare for a “significant disruption.”
This comes in contrast to statements from the Trump administration. Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday the threat to the United States from coronavirus “remains low,” despite the White House seeking $1.25 billion in emergency funding to combat the virus. Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told CNBC’s Kelly Evans on “The Exchange” Tuesday evening, “We have contained the virus very well here in the U.S.”
“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday at a news conference.
Messonnier added that Americans should channel their concern about the virus, officially called COVID-19, into preparing for its arrival.
This disagreement between Trump, who you may remember is trying to kiss up to Chinese president Xi Jinping, and the CDC has some of his supporters attacking the head of that agency.
Courtesy of Mediaite:
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh seemed to bash a top official from the Centers for Disease Control by insinuating she’s among those who are trying to overhype fears of the coronavirus and bring down President Donald Trump.
After claiming that the virus was “weaponized” by the Chinese and that the media is “gleeful” that this will be a new problem for Trump, Limbaugh turned his attention on Tuesday to a recent announcement from Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Messonier warned that the coronavirus pandemic will inevitably spread to the United States, which prompted Limbaugh to focus on the fact that Messonnier is the sister of former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
“So you’ve got here the CDC urging Americans to prepare for a coronavirus virus outbreak. ‘This might be bad, could be bad. Keep your kids at home. Don’t go anywhere. It might be bad. We’ve got 53 cases. It might be bad. It could be! The stock market’s plunging.’ Okay. This person running this agency, who does she donate to? Well, her brother is Rod Rosenstein.”
So what now?
Does Trump fire Dr. Messonnier for daring to report contradictory evidence that makes him look stupid?
Because that is certainly the pattern.
And if he does, how many hundreds of Americans will have to die before the Republicans realize that he is purposely leaving them vulnerable for political gain?
I have to provide this update which took place after I wrote this post:
— ABC News (@ABC) February 26, 2020
Oh God, he’s putting Mike Pence in charge. We’re doomed!