Friday, June 12, 2020

My Anti-Trump Ad

Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What was he told and when was he told it?

Starting in December of last year, the intelligence agencies and the CDC started alerting Donald Trump to the impending Corona virus epidemic. They knew what was brewing, no matter what China or the WHO were saying or were not saying. Even though Trump had disbanded the pandemic alert and pandemic response team, even though Trump had, very unwisely and against advice, removed Americans from on the ground surveillance of Chinese viruses, still, our intelligence services knew.

They tried to tell the President. They tried to brief him. They sent him warning messages. They included the warnings in the Presidential daily briefings which the president does not read, but which officials try to read to him, as they try to point him in the right direction.

Instead, the President didn't read the messages, didn't listen to the warnings, and ignored the impending danger..

When cases started to appear, officials tried to warn him again. They tried to get him to act, to get testing materials – but he rejected their advice. He turned down the tests from WHO that other countries accepted and used. He didn't give the hurry up order to CDC to get our own testing in order. CDC under the leadership of his personally chosen commissioner failed miserably to produce tests. When universities and companies wanted to develop and use the tests to detect where the disease was and to take steps to stop it in its tracks, Trump's administration stopped them from doing it.

Without tests, for long months as people were infected and died, we were prevented from stopping the infection because we couldn't test to find out who had it, and where they were. Other countries like South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Denmark knew just where the infection was and who had it, and they held their countries deaths to very low levels. Under Trump, the United States has been the biggest failure in containing the virus in the entire developed world. He has been the world's biggest loser, which means that our people have had more infections and more deaths per capita than anyone else.

When Trump was urged to get American industry to produce and stockpile ventilators and protective gear to keep healthcare workers and others safe, he refused to do it. Instead he turned to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who had convinced him that he could import and distribute everything necessary on his own. He failed, although he was able to let giant contracts to his friends, who couldn't come through, but did manage to go to the bank.

Trump failed at the start, and he continues to fail to meet every challenge that the corona virus presents to us, so the United States' pandemic spread is the worst in the Western world. We have more cases and more deaths per capita than virtually any other advanced country.

It's his fault.

The main job the President has is to keep Americans safe.

Some people hate Donald Trump. Other people love him. But one thing we can all agree on. Donald Trump is really bad at his job.

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