Just left the Administration briefing on Coronavirus. Bottom line: they aren't taking this seriously enough.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 5, 2020
Notably, no request for ANY emergency funding, which is a big mistake. Local health systems need supplies, training, screening staff etc. And they need it now.
Yeah, Feb. 5th; but we need to start there to get this all in context:
“This the price we pay when we elect presidents who have no experience in government at all,” [Elaine Kamarck] told me.Yeah, this is what happens when you elect a President who's dumb as a stick.*
Other presidents, she explained, have tended to have some form of executive branch experience or prior work as governors, in which they are forced to manage in a crisis. But Trump came into office with no understanding of how the government works at all and no apparent desire to learn. He often expresses surprise at the powers he or the government he runs has.
“It is extraordinarily dangerous to elect people who are discovering things as they go along,” said Kamarck, and we’re seeing why now more than ever.
“If the country is at peace and prosperous, frankly, we have the luxury of having a president who entertains us or appalls us as the case may be,” she went one. “Having outsiders is a disaster when we have a disaster.”
One of Trump’s major flaws, she argued, is his distrust of expertise. And that’s largely what the federal government is: an army of subject-matter experts overseeing their own areas of responsibility. A president needs to understand how to use that apparatus to detect emerging disasters and respond to them as they’re coming. Instead, Trump dismisses these experts as the “deep state.”
“What most presidents understand is they need a system around them that accesses the expertise in the federal government,” Kamarck said. But Trump has never understood this. Under his leadership, the pandemic office at the National Security Council was disbanded. It seems this made it much harder for the issue to make its way to the president’s desk early on, when active intervention could have mitigated the disaster we’re now experiencing.
“You didn’t have the competency in the White House to pull this all together,” she said. “So who is he left with? He’s left with Jared!”
Trump’s reliance on his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is emblematic of his disdain for expertise. Kushner came into government without any particular policy strengths. Instead of letting him focus on one issue, which he could have immersed himself in, he has bounced around from priority to priority, adding little apparent value but wielding preposterous levels of authority.
And while Trump keeps insisting that no one could have seen this kind of crisis coming, Kamarck dismissed this.
“It was totally foreseeable, you could see it coming,” she said. “I can’t tell you the number of times I taught the SARS cases study.”
"Invoking the Defense Production Act is hardly a rare occurrence. As recently as last summer, the Department of Defense used it to obtain rare earth metals needed to build lasers, jet engines and armored vehicles." Yet Trump resists it now amid COVID https://t.co/LIRdQCfSO9— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 31, 2020
Some governors have gotten all they wanted -- and even more. Others have gotten very little. Some have gotten things they didn't even ask for. w/@ToluseO, @isaacstanbecker & @chelsea_janes on the unequal & confusing distribution of supplies across the US: https://t.co/e1LBqKUd0D— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 31, 2020
And this is his new talking point (because all he has are talking points):
If only 100,000 to 200,000 die, Trump says, ‘we’ll all, together, have done a very good job.’ He wants voters in November to have that message - not the one where he minimized the virus for over a month, promising it would ‘miraculously’ disappear https://t.co/2nal9hupTO— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) March 31, 2020
Whoa: Half of the coronavirus tests processed last night in New York came back positive. (About 9,000 positives out of 18,000 tests). That is ... a high percentage. The state is now at 75,795 cases. #CoronavirusNewYork— Brian M. Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) March 31, 2020
And that "Impeachment Distracted Us!" meme is floundering:
With the NYPost clip > https://t.co/I1ebuaGwwv— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 31, 2020
In other news:
The subtext of this unhinged tweet is that even automobile executives think rolling back emissions regulations is a bad idea https://t.co/EDhWRbZ5fw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 31, 2020
Well, that and by the time automobile manufacturers retool (if they do; there's still California, and Europe has emissions standards despite Trumps' actions), Trump will be out of office and the rules will change again. So it's not the executives who are fools.
Relevant given recent news. https://t.co/sqzHObOnyV— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) March 31, 2020
Just yesterday their boss was at the White House calling Trump God's blessing. I guess not so much for them, huh?
Imagine how different this line would look if we had testing and a functional federal government https://t.co/UQkplgOA75— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) March 31, 2020
Stay inside. Stay safe. Hunker down. God be with you.
*On that point, I'd reconnect you to this, and point out another article on that topic at Vox.