To assist those wanting a more simple accounting of how President Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has only served to speed up the spread of the deadly virus, Public Citizen on Wednesday released a fresh list of a dozen specific ways the president's decisions and public pronouncements have done exactly that.
The consumer rights group noted that while the U.S. death toll readies to pass the 100,000 person threshold in the U.S., "the chaotic and incompetent response" of Trump—including his failure to prepare the nation for such a calamity in the first place to his repeated assault on scientific understanding and undermining the warnings of public health experts— has "fueled the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and beyond, causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths."
In an online statement, Public Citizen, listed the dozen failures of the president as follows:
1.) He didn't prepare. For the first three years of his administration, he failed to take steps to prepare for a long-expected pandemic by expanding the inventory of critical medical supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile, strengthening the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and bolstering other critical components of our national public health system.
2.) He ignored warnings. For several weeks starting in early January, he ignored early warnings about the grave threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak, squandering precious time needed to implement proven measures that would have limited active community spread of the virus.
3.) He falsely assured the public. After the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the U.S., he repeatedly provided false assurances to the public that the coronavirus was contained and soon would disappear.
4.) He failed to mobilize manufacturers. Trump failed to broadly and rapidly invoke his authority under the Defense Production Act to ramp up the manufacturing of:
Disposable masks, gowns, face shields and other personal protective equipment needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to health care workers, first responders, transportation workers and people employed in other essential occupations;Coronavirus test kits and supplies that are essential to detecting infected individuals and performing contact tracing; andMechanical ventilators and other medical supplies for treating COVID-19 patients.
5.) He dragged his feet on curbing the spread of the virus. He delayed the development and implementation of federal social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines until widespread community transmission of COVID-19 was well underway.
6.) He failed on testing. He failed to order the development and implementation of a federally funded and coordinated plan for massively scaled-up testing, community tracing and quarantining of all infected individuals and their potentially infected contacts.
7.) He muzzled the experts. He sidelined and muzzled CDC staff who are public health experts in the management and containment of infectious disease outbreaks.
8.) He blocked reopening guidance. For several weeks, Trump blocked the release of detailed CDC guidance for how to safely reopen businesses.
9.) He spewed lies. At daily White House briefing for several weeks, he spewed false and misleading information as well as rosy projections about the spread of the pandemic that confused the public and undermined the efforts of state officials who have been forced to take the lead in responding to the pandemic without adequate federal support and resources.
10.) He touted dangerous, unproven drugs and remedies. He repeatedly touted the use of the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as "game-changing" treatments for COVID-19 despite the risk of potentially fatal adverse effects and the lack of any sound scientific evidence supporting such use. He even suggested crackpot ideas like injecting disinfectants to treat COVID-19.
11.) He rushed reopening. Almost immediately after his own task force issued guidelines for a gradual, stepwise approach for reopening businesses and relaxing stay-at-home restrictions, he encouraged governors to reopen businesses and roll back restrictions well before their states met the minimal criteria outlined in the guidelines or had adequate programs for testing and contact tracing. In states that ignored his overtures, he encouraged people to engage in mass protests of stay-at-home orders and restrictions on businesses.
12.) He discouraged the use of face masks. By refusing to wear a mask at public events, Trump has set a dangerous example for the rest of the country. The CDC recommends wearing a face mask in public where social distancing is difficult. Trump and other administration officials appear regularly without a mask, standing close to others.
An ABC News/Ispos poll out last week revealed that just 39 percent of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the pandemic even as the president has consistently cast everyone from China to former President Barack Obama to the World Health Organization as the culprits behind the high rateof infections and death in the country.
While noting that it is impossible to ignore the broader failures and shortcomings of the U.S. healthcare, economic, and political system that make the United States uniquely ill-equipped to fight a pandemic, The Nation's Jeet Heer earlier this month said the pandemic still 'provides more than enough evidence to render a judgment on Trump as one of the worst presidents in American history."
The entire Covid-19 pandemic is a big global hoax.
At the time you wrote that the pandemic was a "big global hoax" there were around 7 million verified cases worldwide (thereby making your claim false on its face). At the same time there were about 400,000 deaths worldwide (thereby making your claim false on its face).
Five months later I hope you feel like a total fool given there are now over 68 million cases with over 1.5 million of those ending up dead.
Yep, it was a hoax alright.
Because of those 12 points made above, the experts calculate that Trump is responsible for about 90% of the deaths due to Covid in the United States. Today, the number of dead Americans is passing 263,000 (as opposed to the 100,000 or so at the time this forum was written.
Hindsight is wonderful, isn't it? Coupled with partial stories, half truths and a good deal of spin it can be used to really give it to the Trumpster!
Wilderness, I agreed with you. There is no need to blame Trump for the mess. People were blaming China initially. But I'm opining and asking why the Chinese people eat corona virus infected bush bats and snakes to enhance they sexual experiences, istead of worms? Enjoy the weekend.
Sharlee0, ha ha ha! Eh eh eh! I hope they(president) is ready to compete with a Trumpet, instead of President Trump.
Let's make it simple. How in your right mind can you say that number 3 is false? Did he not claim that everything was under control and it would go away soon? Point number 3 does not say he did this and therefore it spread, but how is that "fake news". Explain, because I can get you a video clip if you need help, but I am sure you already watched that press conference.
Lobobradon, President Trump intention to contain the virus spread beyound imagination.
#3 context is skewed. Check timeline in regards to what the President had been told by or own CDC as well as WHO... Both organizations felt the virus would not be a problem containing it. Past the date, Trump made that statement WHO as well as Dems in Washington were trusting no travel ban from China was needed. Calling Trump a racist. What's nice about the internet one can check all the timelines,
and search for facts. Joc should have provided dates, facts matter., context matters.
Not going to argue if it is skewed or not, Italy and Spain were proof enough at the time he made those comments and I know debating this with you would be pointless. What I pointed out is that you blankly claimed they were all "fake".
I looked over each of Joc's 1-12 reasons that he feels Trump was negligent. I actually could simply shoot down each and every one. Would it matter? In the end, I make every attempt to just look at facts. If I see something is being skewed out of context or plain out and out mistruth,
I call it fake. Just a polite way of pointing out a lie. Follow the timeline when Trump took action this perhaps might change your opinion on how fast and efficient he was. It all online. WHO has a Timeline, CDC has a timeline, so does the White House.
Besides, this is all getting old. I am sure Trump said something in the past week or even today that the media can feed up to those that buy into a statement or deed twisted and turned to suit their agenda. Joc is slipping digging up all this old rhetoric.
So, true! It's all fake news. The mainstream media is the enemy of the people and I'm really glad the police have started shooting them with rubber bullets and pepper spraying them when they get in the way of the police trying to keep law and order during these Antifa protests.
If the lamestream media would actually report real news and tell the truth, I'm sure the police wouldn't be shooting them with rubber bullets right now and President Trump wouldn't be calling them the enemy of the people.
They deserve whatever happens to them!
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