How can he open what he never closed?
Trump never took the pandemic seriously. Either he’s a sociopathic narcissist or he’s too stupid to understand the basics of infectious diseases and epidemiology. Root for stupid, but it’s probably the former. Trump lies when he says acted early by shutting down US flights from China. Grunt muffin’s Chinese travel ban only banned “foreign nationals who had been in China in the last 14 days.” This wording did not—at all—stop people from arriving in America from China.
Now Trump is bullying both scientists and business leaders to end the shutdown. Without the needed masks and tests. But here’s the real problem with “opening” states, counties and cities while keeping others closed. Take your average family vacation; coolers, luggage and these infectious toddler time bombs, crossing state lines, headed your neighborhood. The virus doesn’t die, it waits for you to fuck up. You can’t effectively shut down portions of the US. anymore than you can shut down the part of the pool you just peed in.
In March Trump said, “this is like the flu.” Two days later, Anthony Fauci, head of infectious Diseases at NIH said, “this is ten times more lethal than the flu.”
Here’s how long he’s known.
In 2017, Trump was briefed on an intelligence document called “Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.” That’s right. They had an actual playbook emphasizing PPE’s and testing. Three years ago. In February of 2018, Trump cut the CDC’s Pandemic response team by 80%. They would have been in China. They would have seen it a month earlier.
January 2019: The director of National Intelligence issued the U.S. Intelligence Community’s assessment of threats to national security. Page 21. ““We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability. That’s from a year ago.
January 3, 2020: The CDC is first alerted to a public health event in Wuhan
January 6, 2020: The CDC issues a travel notice for Wuhan due to the spreading coronavirus.
January 8, 2020: The CDC issues an official health advisory about COVID-19.
January 18, 2020: HHS Secretary Alex Azar finally gets a meeting with Trump about the virus. Trump insists on talking about vaping.
January 20, 2020: First U.S. case is reported in Washington state.
January 21, 2020: Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease at the CDC tells reporters, “We expect additional cases in the United States.”
January 28, 2020: Two former Trump administration officials—Gottlieb and Borio—publish an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal imploring the president to “Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic.”
January 29, 2020: Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro circulates an internal memo warning that America is “defenseless” in the face of an outbreak which “elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”
February 4, 2020: Gottlieb and Borio warn the president that “a pandemic seems inevitable” and call on the administration to dramatically expand testing,
February 27, 2020: In a leaked audio recording Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Intelligence Committee and author of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act can be heard telling people that COVID-19 “is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.”
March 13-Trump said, This is like the Flu
March 15-Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health and a member of Trump’s task force said, “this is ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu.
Now Trump wants his name on the stimulus checks. That’s cool, as long as you put that same name on the death certificates