Rep. Katie Porter has been all business since being elected to office. Today, Rep. Porter released a report showing that in spite of growing concerns and warnings about the potential oncoming pandemic threat of the COVID-19 virus from top officials and experts, Donald Trump not only did nothing about it, he allowed ramped up exportation of much-needed medical supplies. The report, titled “EVERYONE BUT US,” charges Donald Trump with misapplying and mismanaging our nation’s medical supplies in the months leading up to our current crisis.

Rep. Porter, like many Democratic officials, has long pleaded with Trump to use the powers afforded him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up production and supply chains for much-needed medical supplies. These essential medical supplies were needed weeks ago at the front lines of the battle to save lives. Trump has instead been stingy in his application of the DPA, trying to gaslight away the death count under his watch.

But while Trump’s incompetence and criminal negligence has been well covered, Porter’s team has analyzed “previously unreported government trade data” that paints an even darker picture of how complicit in our country’s misery Donald Trump is. According to the report, the United States was not simply ill-prepared for the coming pandemic—they were actively making big money depleting our medical resources, making us even less prepared: “The value of U.S. ventilator exports jumped 22.7% percent from January to February.”

And it wasn’t only ventilators. Porter says her team “found that in February 2020, the value of U.S. mask exports to China was 1,094% higher than the 2019 monthly average.” Think about that every time you read a pick-me-up story of some designer creating PPE masks for ER staff, or some grade-school kid donating their mask. And to be clear, during this same time the U.S. imported fewer PPE and cleaning supplies, as well as fewer ventilators.

It is clear that one of the fundamental tragic flaws of conservatism in America is how shortsighted its greed for money and power is. By not being more serious in January and February, and even in March, the Trump administration and the Republican power apparatus in general has worsened the economic problems we now face, and will continue to face in the not so distant future. What this report shows is that this short-sightedness is pathological in nature, like a fish with a seven-second memory, wondering why it keeps getting hooked in the mouth every time a worm miraculously appears from the sky.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. I love this girl. She is smart and ruthless. And now we see the true story. While we were busy looking at growing numbers of sick people trump and co. Was making money off our supplies to other nations. That would be good reason for not recognizing the needs of our country. Also good reason Kushner said it was their stockpile. We couldn’t afford the prices they were getting on the open market. Talk about corruption.

    • No question in my mind, this is on of the “new stars “
      in Congress. I think she’s going to get tough on
      corruption in the government like no one for years .
      Bright future for this young lady!

      • Yeah haven’t seen much from you lately. I have been dealing with other issues myself, also. Yes this lady is tough and she’s also young. I see leadership role for her.

        • I see great potential in this lady , I think she’s a
          rare find in politics.
          Lets hope she stays long enough to improve the system.
          Give it a year or so and we will see ?
          Thanks

  2. This comes as. no surprise. It was determined years ago where donnie’s soul should be there is a change purse. He values money more than anyone including his family. He will use everyone to get what he wants and then either say he never met them or throws them under the bus. Unfortunately he needs constant praise and adoration. ( it appears he must not have gotten any as a child) Everything he has done during his presidency has made the intelligent non kool aide drinkers HATE him. I have not heard one person in my world praise him. He is a sad pathetic person. However, he needs to be removed while there is an America left. Russian is a hard language to learn I hear.

  3. HE IS A CRIMINAL, ONLY MONEY WORK FOR HIM… AND I AM SURE SOME HOW THESE MEDICAL MATERIALS PROBABLY WERE MADE IN HIS OWN OR A FRIENDS COMPANY… HE DOESNT MISS ONE. ALWAYS TRYING ILLEGALLY OR IMPROPERLY TRYING TO DO HARM OR NASTY BEHAVIOR LIKE TAKING FROM A PORT IN CHINA THE RESPIRATORS FROM A BOAT GOING TO GERMANY and they were ALREADY PAID. LIKE WE WERE PIRATS. HIS BEHAVIOR IS CRIMINAL AND HE SHOULD BE PLACE (put him) IN JAIL. * ALSO, THIS WOMAN SHOULD INVESTIGATE IF HE AND HOW MANY OF HIS FRIENDS SOLD ALL THEIR STOCK IN THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY 2020 !! just that is illegal… and all this BS that he was doing from February to March was playing game so we did not find out what they did illegally…. and for that MUST GO TO JAIL ALL OF THEM.

  4. He always thinks for him only to make a buck.
    He made a huge mistake that cost lives. It being said he is a KILLER. With a bad case of DEMENTIA and tiny little mouse mouth, that can’t keep quite.Who in the hell trust this killer
    As a leader.I think he is blaming everyone but himself. That’s where DEMENTIA steps in
    Because he is totally lost now that he made his last Con that back fired. Let face it he has no more CONS we all see it. Vote the man out, so he can get help or hospitalize him for his one sake. His wife hasn’t been heard of for months
    Maybe she knows something that he is beyond
    Her help. VOTE NOV. FOR OUR LIVES.

  5. She rocks!!!! Porter’s attention to detail and persistence is matchless. When Kushner said it was “our” stockpile he meant it literally.

  6. Alert. Out of his own mouth he condemns himself and his father. It gives new meaning to Kushner bleating, “The notion of the federal stockpile was its supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”
    Oh really! How do you account for the money they got for selling the United States’ official emergency medical supply? Where do you think all that money could be? “Criminal negligence”. “Negligent homicide,” come to mind! Who did they sell our supplies to? And what personal favors do they want out of the deal?
    And furthermore what governor was it who went around normal channels and called Trump to ask for medical supplies? After which Trump gave him the supplies even though N.Y., NJ, Chicago, etc. had a greater need for them. How many other governors have done the same? How many people are dead who did not have to die due to this criminal behavior?

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