He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus
by Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes of .
photo above: © Erin Schaff/The New York Times “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion,” President Trump said last month. He has repeatedly said that no one could have seen the effects of the coronavirus coming.
WN: This article is so damning of Trump, who in always being the “expert” on simply everything, has demonstrated instead that he is World Supreme Lout, whose “loutism” has and will cost untold numbers of American lives, and likely plunge America into trillions of dollars of economic downturn.
Trump is the most singularly doubly flawed world leader we have seen in many years: he cannot ever admit to his own mistakes; he constantly scapegoats others for his own supreme incompetence. Due to his dominance on the world stage, he has for three years also been World Supreme Menace/World Enemy Number One. Okay: in Christ, I’m to love such an enemy too! I’ll therefore paraphrase the Fiddler on the Roof blessing for the Czar and see if that passes muster: “May the Lord keep the U.S. President . . . as far away from world influence as possible!” 😕
The article highlighted below speaks for itself. Yet Trump cultists such as a close family member (who never reads this Blog) will again dismiss the “corporate media” as fake, and like the King’s courtiers in the Andersen Fairy-Tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes will again go on with the overweening folly as though nothing is rotten in the State of America, nothing at all!
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WASHINGTON — “Any way you cut it, this is going to be bad,” a senior medical adviser at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Carter Mecher, wrote on the night of Jan. 28, in an email to a group of public health experts scattered around the government and universities. “The projected size of the outbreak already seems hard to believe.”
A week after the first coronavirus case had been identified in the United States, and six long weeks before President Trump finally took aggressive action to confront the danger the nation was facing — a pandemic that is now forecast to take tens of thousands of American lives — Dr. Mecher was urging the upper ranks of the nation’s public health bureaucracy to wake up and prepare for the possibility of far more drastic action.
“You guys made fun of me screaming to close the schools,” he wrote to the group, which called itself “Red Dawn,” an inside joke based on the 1984 movie about a band of Americans trying to save the country after a foreign invasion. “Now I’m screaming, close the colleges and universities.”
His was hardly a lone voice. Throughout January, as Mr. Trump repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus and focused on other issues, an array of figures inside his government — from top White House advisers to experts deep in the cabinet departments and intelligence agencies — identified the threat, sounded alarms and made clear the need for aggressive action.
The president, though, was slow to absorb the scale of the risk and to act accordingly, focusing instead on controlling the message, protecting gains in the economy and batting away warnings from senior officials. It was a problem, he said, that had come out of nowhere and could not have been foreseen . . .
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