Seth Meyers' monologue from Monday, June 15.
Scott: Did you? 1. Trump declined to use the World Health Organization’s test like other nations. Back in January, over a month before the first Co-vid19 case, the Chinese posted a new mysterious virus and within a week, Berlin virologists had produced the first diagnostic test. By the end of February, the WHO had shipped out tests to 60 countries. Oh, but not our government. We declined the test even as a temporary bridge until the CDC could create its own test. The question is why? We don’t know but what to look for is which pharmaceutical company eventually manufactures the test and who owns the stock. Keep tuned. 2. In 2018 Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. He was not replaced. In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness, left the job. Trump did not replace Dr. Borio. In 2019 the NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and bio-defense, Tim Ziemer, left the position and Trump did not replace the Rear Admiral. 3. Trump shut down the entire Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency. Yes, he did. Amid the explosive worldwide outbreak of the virus Trump proposed a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention plus a 10% cut to Public Health Services and a 7% cut to Global Health Services. Those happen to be the organizations that respond to public health threats. 4. In 2018, at Trump’s direction, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries including China. 5. Trump didn’t appoint a doctor to oversee the US response to the pandemic. He appointed Mike Pence. 6. Trump has on multiple occasions sowed doubt about the severity of the virus even using the word hoax at events and rallies. He even did it at an event where the virus was being spread. 7. Trump has put out zero useful information concerning the health risks of the virus. 8. Trump pretended the virus had been contained. 9. Trump left a cruise ship at sea for days, denying them proper hospital care, rather than increase his numbers in America.