Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) made the following observations yesterday about Trump and the coronavirus.
Trump has put no one in charge of Coronavirus.
He is pushing cuts to the budgets of all the agencies that fight pandemics.
He shut down 37 of 47 global anti-pandemic programs.
Trump made a choice to make us vulnerable…to this pandemic and the next one and the next one.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 25, 2020
It has been rumored that Trump is going to appoint a Coronavirus Czar as Obama appointed an Ebola Czar back in the day. Your guess is as good as anybody else’s with respect to who that person might be. Right now speculation includes everybody from Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s knee jerk go-to person, no matter what the occasion (and regardless of how unqualified Kushner is, which is uniformly, no matter what the proposed position is.)
White House considers appointing coronavirus czar – Will it be Judge Jeannie? Or maybe Tucker Carlson? Well whomever is picked it will be because they are LOYAL to Trump not because good for Americans https://t.co/AkUEuarr6V via @politico
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 26, 2020
Now, in addition to all the cutbacks to necessary programs that Senator Murphy pointed out, Trump is on the warpath against Nancy Messonier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, and all she did was state the obvious.
I’m told the president’s anger about the CDC briefing yesterday is focused on Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who said it’s not whether, it’s when the virus will hit the US. “She never should have said that,” a senior administration official told me. “it’s bad.”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) February 26, 2020
Rush Limbaugh and right-wing fringe sites are attacking Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a top CDC official handling the coronavirus response, because she is Rod Rosenstein's sister. They're spreading the lie that she's part of the deep state and trying to tank the markets to weaken Trump.
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) February 26, 2020
As to the appointment of a coronavirus czar, nobody in Trumpworld knows, everybody is flying blind, per usual. Politico:
“I don’t anticipate one,” [HHS Secretary Alex] Azar said, when asked whether he foresees the eventual appointment of a coronavirus czar. “This is working extremely well. If it doesn’t work or if there’s a change, that’s for the president to decide.”
Following Azar’s session with lawmakers Wednesday, [Rep. Rosa] DeLauro scolded the secretary for his comments and suggested the president’s preoccupation with the state of the economy could influence his deliberation over a potential czar.
“It doesn’t pay to be flip in this environment we have today on these issues,” she said, adding: “Maybe the president’s concern with the Dow is pushing him to think we should have a czar. Who knows what lurks in the heart of the president?”
Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, expressed some interest in a White House-appointed coronavirus czar, but cautioned against putting someone with a political background in the role.
“I’m not sure I like the idea of bringing in a political guy. If you want to bring in a health care professional, that makes sense,” Cole said. “When you’re in a war, you listen to your generals, and when you’re in a biomedical crisis, you listen to your doctors and scientists.”
The coronavirus is beyond Trump’s experience, because it won’t respond to a tweet and Mitch McConnell can’t manipulate it for him. He’s really out of his depth now. Unfortunately, the last thing America needs is to be looking at a pandemic with this moron in the White House.