Trump declares national emergency, but takes no responsibility for coronavirus testing delays
Ø On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. The “two very big words", according to Trump, will allow the government to use up to $50 billion in emergency relief funds, among other things. “I am officially declaring a national emergency. Two very big words,” Trump said, according to CNN.
Ø On the other hand, Trump refused to take personal responsibility regarding the failure to contain the outbreak. Trump instead blamed the previous administrations, saying “Yeah, no, I don’t take responsibility at all, because we were given a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time.”
Ø Previously, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, referred to the country’s coronavirus testing system as a “failure.”
Ø Trump even called former President Barack Obama’s response to swine flu a “very big failure.”
Ø When asked why his administration ended the White House office on pandemics, Trump said it is a “nasty” question, adding that he “didn’t do it. We have a group of people [in the administration.]”
Ø Trump also informed that Google is working on a web portal, which will educate people on where they can get mobile testing for coronavirus. “Google is going to develop a website, it’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past,” Trump said.
Ø Answering questions on his self-quarantine and COVID-19 test, Trump said he does not have any symptoms so he hadn’t self-quarantined, but is ‘most likely’ to be tested at some point.
Finally Some Presidential Action
President Donald Trump has now declared a state of national emergency as the threat of the COVID-19 disease has made its way into the United States. With now over 2000 confirmed cases that will only grow, the White House can no longer afford to remain inactive on the issue. After weeks of dismissing the potential severity of the virus, and implying the whole ordeal as a plot against his reelection, the President finally took action, while not taking any responsibility for any lapses in the government's response to the crisis.
In a move that mirrors many of his more liberal counterparts, Trump promised the whole power of the Federal government to assist through this pandemic. Finally, our President has taken long awaited action in response to this growing health crisis. Time will tell on whether it is timely or late, and if it's effective enough. It seems like this only became a possibility due to extreme political pressure, and the President's concern for his own political life. Certainly the administration's response to COVID-19 could make or break Trump's chance at reelection, hence his ambivalent reaction to the virus, ranging from dismissive to throwing the whole government's resources into this effort.
This is a positive start, however, in the road to fighting the spread of the disease. With more resources, and a collaboration between government and private industry, there is a chance to effect a defense against a mildly deadly but very contagious virus. With the potential of mass infection, many industries are affected, schools closing and even professional sports experiencing a major disruption. The people look to the government for significant help during this time, and ignoring the pandemic is not something this President, or the country, can afford to do.
I strongly disagree with your statement "In a move that mirrors many of his more liberal counterparts Trump promised the whole power of the Federal government to assist through this pandemic." If it is meant to suggest that this somehow validates the Big Government option, so popular with the Liberal world, then it is 1) Misleading and 2) Misleading.
It is first misleading, because Conservatives actually believe that the ONLY thing Government should do is provide security and protection to its citizens. This is true for terrorists and foreign invasions and it is also true for a massive health crises. So turning to the Feds to help in our time of need like this is entirely in line with standard Conservative values.
It is also misleading, because actually, what Trump did, and which is getting far too little attention, is involve the PRIVATE sector as well, to a far GREATER degree than any other country has. As a Conservative I applaud Trump's inclusion of the private sector. He recognizes, as do we, that the private sector, driven by desire to profit (or known to Liberals as greed), they may actually provide a better solution than the government can. At a minimum, they will certainly enhance the governments response and probably allow a much better outcome.
Of course the media and those who are not in the hot spot are all playing Monday morning quarterback and second guessing every move of this administration. I, however, see a true Conservative and innovative approach to this pandemic coming from this administration which I believe will prove to be the best possible solution(s). Let's hope and pray to God that it is.
CNN sells hate
It's no surprise CNN is trying to find every possible weak spot, real or perceived, in the Trump Administration's response to the unfolding Corona virus pandemic: CNN spent over 2 years theorizing Trump was a Russian asset. When that didn't pan out as hoped, CNN covered the impeachment drama, nonstop, 24/7. When that also didn't end as desired, Democrats and CNN started covering the Democratic primary debates (how droll) . But not bashing Trump nightly isn't as good for ratings, Super Tuesday notwithstanding. Enter the Corona virus, with its sick people and deaths stats climbing daily, and CNN and the left seized the moment to build narratives; this could be their big moment the rationale went. It didn't take long for the media and the Democrats to pick up exactly where they left off and resume pounding Trump again, but this time, shamelessly weaponizing corona in a comically transparent manner.
The truth is, the slow rollout of test kits had less to do with Trump and more to do with the difficulty in getting reagents and sample covid-19 viral nucleotides to build test kits with. In 2009, they didn't have to do that for H1N1 because they used standard flu kits (despite a lot of false positives and an accuracy level as low as 30 %) yet CNN blames the president for these technical hurdles. CNN also blames him for not asking for enough money when in fact he started with 8.5 billion and that was on top of HHS funds already being tapped.
And when the democrats aren't creating this drama smoke screen, they're busy adding pork to emergency Corona legislation, another shameless tactic.
And harping on Trump for not stating the Google test site would be piloted in California cities first? Really? Trump is an IT manager, a lab worker, and health care provider, a pharmacist, and a nurse? The Trump hating media is partially responsible for the state of things today and they have generated unnecessary panic with their reporting, in exchange for cheap shots during a pandemic. I think CNN *is* the pandemic. Is the virus.
I think the view on media in America is its own topic. Yes, CNN reported on the Russia investigation, impeachment, and the coronavirus. So did Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, The CBC – basically every news agency in the world. Yes, big companies can drive the narrative, but only so far as their audience will consume it. We like to blame the media in this day and age, ironically some of us will even insult the media by using the media, but the reality is and always has been that it is the common person who drives the narrative. Our willingness to ferociously engage in the topics that CNN and Fox news decide to air is what fuels their influence, plain and simple. McDonalds didn’t become the biggest fast food chain in the world through will – the consumer has put them there.
All that aside, Trumps response to the pandemic is good. What is not good is that we are measuring the quality of his response based on the fact that he refused to do anything about it a week ago. Trump has the transparency of a sandwich bag: as soon as the public started freaking out, he decided to step in and do something. He waited until the signs were so obviously clear that government interference would be a popular decision that we could probably replace his presidential decisions with a clap-o-meter. Gather a large group of people in front of the white house, and if their applause for a decision passes a certain decibel, then do it! Stroke the ego AND get something done in one go!
But I like to give credit where its due and, as I said before, this is a good thing for the American people. We are all trying to predict how this will go but the fact is that even medical experts can’t predict that. So let’s be safe and take care of each other, be happy that the federal government is stepping up for it’s citizens, and wait for this whole thing to blow over.