Eck. One more turd to plop in the simmering stew of Trump’s incompetence, evidencing how clueless, unprepared, and unworthy Trump is to be POTUS.
NBC News had a good report on this recently, noting that the president’s decision “to downsize the White House national security staff — and eliminate jobs addressing global pandemics — is likely to hamper the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus.”
The truth is probably “because Obama,” who with VP Biden established the unit as part of the National Security Council, able to respond in the U.S. and work in concert with governments around the world to curb the spread of deadly diseases. Ebola and SARS outbreaks made it apparent we needed to be prepared for viral contagion that would more than likely arrive on our shores in the future.
The future arrived.
When first asked why he disbanded the pandemic response team in 2018 he responded:
“I’m a business person,” he explained two weeks ago in response to a similar question. “I don’t like having thousands of people around when you don’t need them. When we need them, we can get them back very quickly.”
Except you can’t reassemble a team like that ‘very quickly. One more check mark in the long column of items on the “Trump is clueless about …’ list. This one evidencing how utterly devoid of understanding and unconcerned he is about how the executive branch should work.
We don’t yet know the extent of contagion because we haven’t had enough tests to go around. And the Trump administration wouldn’t allow independent testing.
As the threat to the U.S. has grown in the days following his first answer, he spewed a word salad of a different excuse when pressed again by a reporter about his 2018 decision to disband the pandemic response team we sure could have used right about now:
“I just think this is something, Peter, that you can never really think is going to happen. You know, who — I’ve heard all about, ‘This could be…’ — you know, ‘This could be a big deal,’ from before it happened. You know, this — something like this could happen…. Who would have thought? Look, how long ago is it? Six, seven, eight weeks ago — who would have thought we would even be having the subject? … You never really know when something like this is going to strike and what it’s going to be.”
So, let’s get this straight: he disbanded the NSC pandemic response unit because he never realized America might need it one day (and “de-Obamacizing, no doubt).
Hm. Does having a military ‘just in case’ there’s an attack on the U.S., or that presidential bunker he can retreat to is there ‘just in case’ ring a bell? Helllllllo?
Seems like the concept of ‘insurance’ is foreign to him.
We need to get rid of this moron in November.
Personally, I’m all for requiring him to stay at Mar A Lago, without press access, to play all the golf he wants to until we can throw his luggage out the front door of the WH. America would be safer.
I’m Voting Blue No Matter Who!