The death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. climbed to six Monday and the disease spread to ever more countries and world capitals, even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.
Eric: Even "W" was smart enough to know and leave the pandemic firewall in place. Trump's predecessor did the same and both presidents, Republican and Democrat had near misses. Trump removed the bricks from the pandemic firewall which allowed it to get out without OUR people knowing and now it is here. The pandemic in the US is 100% Trump's fault as he admits when he says we haven't had a pandemic like this in 100 years. May 10, 2018 The top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic has left the administration, and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded under a reorganization by national security adviser John Bolton. May 2018 - https://www.yahoo.com/news/two-years-before-coronavirus-cdc-warned-of-a-coming-pandemic-090054010.html World leaders are putting the World Health Organization on notice if they don’t shape up. President Trump is threatening to cut 40 percent of U.S. funding from international organizations. “We are a generous nation. But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for?” asked former Gov. Haley. Feb 2019 - Within the overall proposed cuts detailed on Feb. 10 for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was a reduction in spending to guard against “emerging and zoonotic diseases” from $635,772,000 to $550,464,000. The $85,308,000 proposed budget cut is less than the cost of 5 miles of border wall. For the cost of less than 7 miles of border wall, the proposed budget would leave all of us less protected against a potential epidemic. Sept 2019 https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-economists-tried-warning-144723301.html https://news.yahoo.com/trump-administration-ended-pandemic-early-233508840.html WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned. Dr. Linda Quick American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July 2019, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. Timothy Ziemer was a director on the National Security Council, heading a team focused on “Global Health Security and Biodefense.” The position was created by then-president Barack Obama in 2014, after an Ebola epidemic convinced White House officials that a dedicated staff was necessary to coordinate the response to future disease crises. In 2018, Ziemer left the government as Trump eliminated his directorate, with the responsibility for responding to a pandemic folded into the team in charge of arms control and fighting the spread of nuclear and biological weapons. Donald Trump was clearly concerned that the epidemic was a political threat, and didn't take action when US intelligence reports began warning of danger in January.