Demand Trump reconvene the pandemic response team that he fired — only because Obama created it!

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading, dangerous holes in America’s health defenses here at home are coming into full focus, despite insufficient, rosy assurances from President Trump’s team stating otherwise. While health officials across the planet have been ringing alarm bells about the likelihood of a full-blown, global pandemic, the president has been egregiously blasé about the crisis, predicting – without evidence – that by April the whole thing “is going to go away” on account of warmer weather and whatnot.

Trump and the country he ostensibly leads seem unprepared to combat this crisis for a reason. In 2018, he and then-National Security Advisor John Bolton eliminated the highly regarded pandemic response team, created during the Obama administration to combat exactly this situation. But because President Obama started it, and because Donald Trump is the pettiest person on Earth, Trump has left us totally unprepared.

Making matters far worse? The deeply irresponsible musings of Trump cheerleaders like Rush Limbaugh telling legions of followers that the coronavirus is nothing more than a “common cold.” Now, he’s even placed Vice President Mike Pence in charge of America’s response, an avowed science denier who made Indiana’s AIDS outbreak worse by denying reality.

Complacency, negligence, ineptitude, and obfuscation – all hallmarks of the Trump era working in tandem to undermine American security and public health. The United States should be leading the charge in combating the coronavirus and coordinating a global response plan. As Foreign Policy rightly stated, “Bureaucracy matters. Without it, there’s nothing to coherently manage an alphabet soup of agencies housed in departments ranging from Defense to Commerce, Homeland Security to Health and Human Services (HHS).”

Demand Trump reconstitute Obama’s pandemic response team he needlessly disbanded and commit the necessary resources to fight the coming pandemic head on.

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