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How's Trump handling the threat of pandemic?

Asked by stanleybmanly (21517points) 1 month ago

Will the stable genius declare war on the CDC?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Clueless !
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.Maybe he’ll fire all the CDC next !!!

Jonsblond's avatar

He already has.

The Trump administration spent the past several years gutting the very government programs that are tasked with combatting such a crisis.

In 2018, for instance, the CDC cut 80% of its efforts to prevent global disease outbreaks because it was running out of money. Ultimately, the department went from working in 49 countries to just 10.

Here are some other actions the Trump administration undertook to dismantle government-spending programs related to fighting the spread of global diseases, according to Foreign Policy:

Shutting down the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council.

Eliminating the US government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund.

Reducing national health spending by $15 billion.

Consistently attacking Mark Green, the director of the US Agency for International Development.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-cuts-programs-responsible-for-fighting-coronavirus-2020-2

MrGrimm888's avatar

Trump’s dealing with this pandemic, Wil be mostly economical.
It’s a situation where he, and most PTOTUSs, would be I’ll equipped to handle. We’ll have to see what actions he takes..

Zaku's avatar

He’s being an idiot, as usual.

The US CDC announced they predicted it would get to the US. Trump pulled an opposite opinion out of his WTF generator and announced that.

Also:
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/31/coronavirus-china-trump-united-states-public-health-emergency-response

johnpowell's avatar

About as well as I am dealing with alcoholism.

JLeslie's avatar

I’m luke warm in his handling of the situation.

I’m disgusted at the significant cuts he has made to the CDC. Maybe some were justified (I haven’t looked into it) but I feel very sure his cuts were significantly higher than what is prudent.

I do agree with bringing our citizens traveling abroad home at this point and time, and placing them in quarantine, and who have had. a high chance they were exposed. I think America was slow to respond to the cruise ship that had been quarantined, and now we finally brought our people home. Most likely some of our citizens caught coronavirus who would not have, or at minimum we put them at more risk not acting faster.

I think the president and Surgeon General should be doing prerecorded spots on TV telling the citizenry to stop shaking hands and to use the wipes at grocery store entrances and to stay home from work when sick to protect themselves and the general public. I say this every flu season. Additionally, if the president did this, or anyone in his administration, the Democrats and left biased media need to shut the hell up with their hate for Trump, and not bring up every time Trump has slighted someone on a handshake. Trump has hated shaking hands since I can remember. Now he has to shake hands, but he’s right that it’s a behavior that encourages the spread of illness.

Trump said the virus will die out as it warms up, I hope it does follow the pattern of most flu seasons and do just that, it could, but we certainly don’t know for sure, and he should not be presenting it as a sure thing. I’m fine with him saying they, or he, is hoping that will be what happens, but he didn’t say it like that, and I’m ok with Trump making statements that try to keep the panic down, as long as it also has truth about the statistics, risks, and actions that can be taken to protect our country and coordinate with the world to help. I don’t feel he is being serious enough in his address to the American population regarding coronavirus.

Americans often brag about our military and how we help so many countries in the world in times of war and in times of disaster. If there was any time that we should be coming together in the world, it’s to help with these types of natural disasters, and I consider this similar to hurricanes and Tsunamis.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Trump, has to listen to advisors, here . Something he rarely does.

janbb's avatar

@MrGrimm888 You do realize he fires all his competent advisers, don’t you?

elbanditoroso's avatar

He is providing his usual level of inspiring and enlightened leadership. Why do you ask?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

His proposed budget has a 9% cut in Health and Human Services department by 9 percent HHS includes the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will see a budget cut even as the coronavirus spreads—although officials said funding aimed at combating the coronavirus would be protected…

He talking out of both ends and one is shitty.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Just remember whatever Trump says is bragging or a lie.

Competent advisors to the W.H. get kicked to the curb.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Unlike many countries, the US has brought citizens home and quarantined them, mostly on military bases. Many countries have simply denied entry.

There is a fund request made for dealing with a pandemic, but so far we are not at that point.

This article updated from last month just today, explains coronaviruses, and charts infection reports around the world.

LadyMarissa's avatar

As often as he change his mind, I’ve already bent over & kissed my ass goodbye!!!

MrGrimm888's avatar

My main concern is China. I have a feeling that they are not reporting the infection, or fatality rates accurately. They are shutting down entire cities. For the numbers reported, this seems extreme…

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