Is Trump Playing Politics With Crucial Supplies Needed To Save Lives? Yes!

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Of course, the Republican Party President Donald J. Trump is playing politics with the US Spring coronavirus COV-19 pandemic. It isn’t in his DNA to do otherwise. In short, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
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Remember how President Trump along with his GOP cronies in the US Senate attempted to kill the (ACA) Affordable Care Act/ Obamacare in 2017 where they failed by only that one vote by Senator John McCain. They pushed for its demise without a healthcare replacement plan and despite the fact that the ACA was popular even among the Republican Party base of voters.
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President Trump with almost all the GOP senators were acting at the direction of their GOP dark money donors who have been long opposed to any universal healthcare type plan. These are the “same GOP movers and shakers” who had been recently trying to sell to the US population, the talking point that Americans should be returning back to work right after the Easter holidays because many of the elderly would be willing to risk their lives in order to save the US economy.
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Here are examples via Tweets :
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RynheartTheReluctant @TheRynheart·
‘A GOP senator calls on Trump to reopen parts of the coronavirus-stricken economy because ‘death is an unavoidable part of life’’
@SenRonJohnson  is considered a ‘model senator’ by Koch.
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RynheartTheReluctant @TheRynheart

‘Charles Koch network pushed $1 billion cut to CDC, now attacks shelter-in-place policies for harming business’
“Charles Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC, Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for…Americans for Prosperity, a pro-corporate group, wants employees to return to work despite desperate pleas from public health officials to the contrary.”
theintercept.com
4:47 PM · Mar 26, 2020
Of course, asking folks to sacrifice the well being of their beloved elderly family members  in order to prop up the US economy ended up being an overly tough selling point. But it demonstrates how callous these greedy corporate leaders like Charles Koch (member of ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council formed around 1973) can be and how they really don’t want government to work effectively on behalf of the American peoples.
It’s my theory that President Trump is trying to cater to both these GOP dark money donors and his base of voters. He would like nothing better than to be able to blame the high number of deaths due to the US Spring 2020 coronavirus COV-19 pandemic on the state governors who weren’t prepared to deal with this disaster.
The US president is slowly figuring out that he can’t successfully serve two masters but that hasn’t prevented him from trying.
It’s a marketing challenge for President Trump to continue to play the blame game when his own Inspector General of HHS is being critical of his handling of the coronavirus COV-19 pandemic hitting the US hard despite the reality that the White House had several, timely warnings about this imminent danger.
Here’s the rest of the story…
As per a 4/6/2020 VOX report by Aaron Rupar, “Trump says the federal coronavirus effort has been “incredible.” His own governmemt disagrees:”(“A new HHS inspector general report details “severe shortages” facing hospitals dealing with the pandemic.”

Excerpts:

“A report released Monday 4/6/2020 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector generaldetails the “severe shortages” of testing supplies and medical gear experienced by hospitals, and alludes to the disorganized nature of the federal response.”

“The government report stands in contrast to the rhetoric coming from the government’s top elected official. President Donald Trump wants you to believe that officials who have criticized his administration’s coronavirus response are part of a plot to take him down, and despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, he insists federal agencies have done “an unbelievable,” “incredible” job procuring supplies for states.”

“Now, however, even his own government is acknowledging those talking points are at odds with the reality experienced by health care providers at hospitals that are struggling to contain the coronavirus outbreak while keeping workers safe.”

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As per the 4/5/2020 Washington Post Report by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, “70 days of denial, delays and dysfunction:”

Excerpts:

“The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. Within days, U.S. spy agencies were signaling the seriousness of the threat to Trump by including a warning about the coronavirus.”

“And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America’s defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens. That more-than-two-month stretch now stands as critical time that was squandered.”

As per 3/31/2020 New York Times report by Jim Tankersley, “White House Economists Warned in 2019 a Pandemic Could Devastate America.” (“A study published last fall went unheeded. “)

Excerpts:

“White House economists published a study last September that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy.”

“It went unheeded inside the administration.”

“In late February and early March, as the coronavirus pandemic began to spread from China to the rest of the world, President Trump’s top economic advisers played down the threat the virus posed to the U.S. economy and public health.

“The 2019 study warned otherwise — specifically urging Americans not to conflate the risks of a typical flu and a pandemic. The existence of that warning undermines administration officials’ contentions in recent weeks that no one could have seen the virus damaging the economy as it has. The study was requested by the National Security Council, according to two people familiar with the matter.”

Link to entire article: White House Economists Warned in 2019 a Pandemic Could Devastate America

As per the 4/4/2020 Washington Post report by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, “The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged.” (“From the Oval Office to the CDC, political and institutional failures cascaded through the system and opportunities to mitigate the pandemic were lost.”)

Excerpts:

“By the time Donald Trump proclaimed himself a wartime president — and the coronavirus the enemy — the United States was already on course to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined.”

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“The country has adopted an array of wartime measures never employed collectively in U.S. history — banning incoming travelers from two continents, bringing commerce to a near-halt, enlisting industry to make emergency medical gear, and confining 230 million Americans to their homes in a desperate bid to survive an attack by an unseen adversary.”

“Despite these and other extreme steps, the United States will likely go down as the country that was supposedly best prepared to fight a pandemic but ended up catastrophically overmatched by the novel coronavirus, sustaining heavier casualties than any other nation.”

“It did not have to happen this way. Though not perfectly prepared, the United States had more expertise, resources, plans and epidemiological experience than dozens of countries that ultimately fared far better in fending off the virus.”

“The failure has echoes of the period leading up to 9/11: Warnings were sounded, including at the highest levels of government, but the president was deaf to them until the enemy had already struck.”

“The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. Within days, U.S. spy agencies were signaling the seriousness of the threat to Trump by including a warning about the coronavirus — the first of many — in the President’s Daily Brief.”

“And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America’s defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens. That more-than-two-month stretch now stands as critical time that was squandered.”

“The most consequential failure involved a breakdown in efforts to develop a diagnostic test that could be mass produced and distributed across the United States, enabling agencies to map early outbreaks of the disease, and impose quarantine measures to contain them. At one point, a Food and Drug Administration official tore into lab officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, telling them their lapses in protocol, including concerns that the lab did not meet the criteria for sterile conditions, were so serious that the FDA would “shut you down” if the CDC were a commercial, rather than government, entity.”

“Other failures cascaded through the system. The administration often seemed weeks behind the curve in reacting to the viral spread.”

“It may never be known how many thousands of deaths, or millions of infections, might have been prevented with a response that was more coherent, urgent and effective.”

“Even the president’s base has begun to confront this reality.

Link to article: The U.S. was beset by denial, and dysfunction … via mysanantonio.com

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3 comments

  1. Hi Gronda,

    What a mess! Let’s hope that this coronavirus causing the global pandemic has finally reawakened the good sense and decency from the GOP to bring us closer to flatten the epidemic curve for each other’s protection.

    May you all have a very lovely April! As we maintain spatial distancing and stay home, please allow me the pleasure to entertain you with my poem as well as the chosen videos about “April Love” in the multimedia post at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/soundeagle-in-april-love-and-dove-art-and-heart-game-and-puzzle-music-and-video/

    Happy April to you and your family!

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  2. Gronda, stupid question. If Trump wants to look presidential, why did he forego alerting us to the risk of COVID-19 back in January? That would have been leadership and won him kudos. Yet, when he could have told the truth forewarning us, he reverted to form to lie and downplay the risk. This is beyond poor stewardship. The truth seems to get lost in most Trump calculations.

    Taking the president at his word is a fool’s errand. Unfortunately, a few may pay for it with their lives. Keith

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