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bob: Trump’s 21-point pandemic plan thus far: 1. Trump shut down the Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency. 2. Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart in 2018. His job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. He was not replaced. 3. In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness left the job. Trump did not replace Borio. 4. In 2018, at Trump’s direction, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 countries, including CHINA. 5. The NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and biodefense, Tim Ziemer, left the position on May 8, 2018. Trump did not replace him. The departure occurred the same day that the WHO announced a new Ebola outbreak in Africa. 6. In June 2019, Trump administration discontinued the CDC medical epidemiologist position that was embedded in China – That person left China in July, a few months before the coronavirus hit China. The position’s purpose was to DETECT disease outbreaks IN CHINA. 7. Amid the worldwide outbreak Trump proposed a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, a 10% cut to Public Health Services, and a 7% cut to Global Health Services, the organizations that respond to public health threats. 8. Trump suggested ingesting disinfectants as a potential “cure.” 9. Trump chose Mike Pence, not a doctor, to oversee the US pandemic response. 10. Trump often sowed doubt about the severity of the virus, using the word HOAX at events and rallies, even doing so at events where the virus was spread. 11. Trump declined to use the WHO’s test. In January, within a week of finding out about China’s mysterious virus, Berlin virologists produced the first diagnostic test. By February, the WHO shipped the tests to 60 countries. Trump officials declined taking any WHO tests even as a temporary bridge. Trump wanted the CDC to create its own tests, possibly to enrich owners of test-making pharmaceutical stocks, but not sure. 12. Trump pretended the virus had been contained many, many times. You’ve seen his quotes. 13. On January 31 Trump imposed travel restrictions on China. Nevertheless, Trump continued to allow China flights with over 40,000 people coming in. The US did NOT test anyone arriving from China, but took people’s temperatures calling that “enhanced screening.” Trump said he “banned” travel to slow the pandemic’s spread. However, asymptomatic carriers were allowed entry. Travel from Europe was NOT halted until March. Before that, flights from Italy, Spain & elsewhere to NYC spread the virus. NYC fast became the USA’s pandemic’s epicenter. 14. Trump left a cruise ship at sea for days, denying people proper hospital care. On March 6, Trump said “I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault.” Trump golfed on March 7 and March 8. 15. Trump stopped distribution of useful information concerning the pandemic many times. He halted CDC guideline release as states began to open, later allowing release of watered-down guidelines on May 20, long after many states reopened. Church reopening guidelines were deleted. Within 48 hours of the release, Trump demanded that churches be opened immediately. 16. Annoyed Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx and CDC doctors did not agree with Trump’s lies, on May 19, Trump recruited extreme loyalist doctors to “advise” him to open up states more aggressively. That, not science, was their goal. A pro-Trump doctor handing out acne prescriptions was given more policy influence than leading national experts. 17. On March 19, Trump said: “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion.” Daily intelligence briefings, internal memos, and warnings from past Presidents offer evidence this was NOT true. 18. On March 20 Trump tells all of America: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” 19. On April 21, Trump removes the nation’s top vaccine expert, Dr. Rick Bright, as head of the CDC’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The removal is retribution for Dr. Bright challenging Trump’s pseudo-science claims, particularly his unwillingness to support Trump’s rabid endorsement of an unproven drug. 20. Trump scheduled an indoor rally on June 20 as cases spiked to record highs in Oklahoma. He offered masks to those in attendance but did not require wearing them. ALL attendees had to sign a waiver to absolve Trump if infected. 21. Trump relentlessly searches for scapegoats – he has blamed the CDC, China, Obama, the WHO, “flawed” studies, the Democrats, Pelosi, governors, and he continues to seek out new scapegoats and distractions to deflect. He recently said a good jobs report was “a great day” for George Floyd, a Minneapolis murder victim. -Pandemics are hard to spin, particularly if you are a lying, excuse-making, incompetent, clown, but if you are a gullible rube, Trump might fool you. DON’T be gullible. Thinking is PATRIOTIC.