Trump Says He Isn’t Getting Enough Credit For “Great Job” Handling Coronavirus
President Donald Trump complained in a pair of Tuesday tweets that he is not receiving enough credit for the “great job” his administration is doing in handling the coronavirus outbreak, which has now affected some 20 Americans.
“CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus, including the very early closing of our borders to certain areas of the world,” the president tweeted. “It was opposed by the Dems, ‘too soon’, but turned out to be the correct decision.”
“No matter how well we do, however, the Democrats talking point is that we are doing badly,” Trump continued. “If the virus disappeared tomorrow, they would say we did a really poor, and even incompetent, job. Not fair, but it is what it is. So far, by the way, we have not had one death. Let’s keep it that way!”
Some Twitter users noted that the Trump administration handicapped the very agencies tasked with responding to an infectious disease outbreak.
Journalist Helen Kennedy noted a Foreign Policy article outlining numerous actions Trump has taken during his first term to “intentionally render” the federal government incapable of adequately addressing the coronavirus.
“In 2018, the Trump administration fired the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure,” FP noted in January, adding that there appeared to be widespread confusion on how the government would respond to the outbreak.
Trump also “ordered the [National Security Council]’s entire global health security unit shut down” in May 2018, and neither that team nor its shuttered counterpart in the Department of Homeland Security were ever replaced.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now warning that Americans should prepare for the coronavirus to spread within the United States.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on Tuesday: “It is not a matter of if, but a question of when, this will exactly happen.”