As the coronavirus crisis continues to snowball around the world, the U.S. stock market suffered big losses, while President Trump continued to predict a rosy outcome. #Colbert #DemDebate #Coronavirus
terry: Earlier this month, the journalist asked about the president’s decision in 2018 to dismantle the National Security Council’s pandemic response unit. Trump said he didn’t “know anything about” it, called the question “nasty” and moved on.. Why would it be nasty if he knew nothing about it? He would just be puzzled.. Trump disbanded NSC pandemic unit that experts had praisedAP NEWS Top Stories Video Search ADVERTISEMENT https://apnews.com/ce014d94b64e98b7203b873e56f80e9a Click to copy RELATED TOPICS AP Top News Health Anthony Fauci General News Politics Latin America Public health Infectious diseases Pandemics Donald Trump National security Virus Outbreak Ebola virus Barack Obama Trump disbanded NSC pandemic unit that experts had praised By DEB RIECHMANN March 14, 2020 1 of 2 President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, right listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health and national security experts shake their heads when President Donald Trump says the coronavirus “came out of nowhere” and “blindsided the world.” They’ve been warning about the next pandemic for years and criticized the Trump administration’s decision in 2018 to dismantle a National Security Council directorate at the White House charged with preparing for when, not if, another pandemic would hit the nation. “It would be nice if the office was still there,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, told Congress this week. “I wouldn’t necessarily characterize it as a mistake (to eliminate the unit). I would say we worked very well with that office.” ADVERTISEMENT The NSC directorate for global health and security and bio-defense survived the transition from President Barack Obama to Trump in 2017. Trump’s elimination of the office suggested, along with his proposed budget cuts for the CDC, that he did not see the threat of pandemics in the same way that many experts in the field did. “One year later I was mystified when the White House dissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like COVID-19,” Beth Cameron, the first director of the unit, wrote in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Post.