The Trump administration is in complete disarray when it comes to how best to deal with the dramatic spike in cases of coronavirus in at least 39 states, and the president has completely given up on the issue, according to a White House adviser who spoke with The Washington Post:
“Trump in recent weeks has been committing less of his time and energy to managing the pandemic, according to advisers, and has only occasionally spoken in detail about the topic in his public appearances. One of these advisers said the president is ‘not really working this anymore. He doesn’t want to be distracted by it. He’s not calling and asking about data. He’s not worried about cases.’”
And that’s not the only troubling news from the administration as it relates to COVID-19. The repeated attacks — both overt and covert — on Dr. Anthony Fauci are said to have made matters even worse:
“This week’s remarkable character assault by some top White House advisers on Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, signified President Trump’s hostility toward medical expertise and has produced a chilling effect among the government scientists and public health professionals laboring to end the pandemic, according to administration officials and health experts.”
One move that could greatly help control spread of the virus is a national mask mandate, and yet Trump won’t even recommend such a move via Twitter though he has the largest bully pulpit of all and could conceivably help convince more Americans of why it’s important for everyone to wear a mask.
Some medical experts — including the CDC — have predicted that if every American were to wear a mask, spread of the deadly respiratory disease could be cut to near zero in as little as 60 days.
But instead of working together, there seems to be an internecine battle for dominance inside the administration according to The Post, with departments working at cross purposes instead of teaming up to battle COVID-19:
“As novel coronavirus cases surge out of control coast to coast, the open rancor between the scientific community and a White House determined above all to resuscitate the economy and secure a second term for Trump threatens to further undermine the U.S. response, which already lags behind those of many other developed nations. The interpersonal strife and the deliberate push by some inside the White House to protect Trump by sowing distrust of scientists is hampering the nation’s efforts to combat the virus, according to public health experts.”
Over 142,00 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus so far, and that number is expected to reach 200,00 within the next month. But the White House’s only strategy seems to be one of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, and hope the problem will solve itself.
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