Coronavirus Crisis Blame Belongs Solely to Trump Administration

“In short, the Trump administration forced a catastrophic strategic surprise onto the American people. But unlike past strategic surprises—Pearl Harbor, the Iranian revolution of 1979, or especially 9/11—the current one was brought about by unprecedented indifference, even willful negligence. Whereas, for example, the 9/11 Commission Report assigned blame for the al Qaeda attacks on the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, the unfolding coronavirus crisis is overwhelmingly the sole responsibility of the current White House.”

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DeSantis Aligns with Trump on Coronavirus

“That is the dumbest shit I have heard in a long time. This is a day-by-day crisis. Italy damn near saw 1,000 people die in one day, and there are people proclaiming we got this and have it solved in 15 days?”

— Florida state Sen. Oscar Brayon (D). “While New York, California and other states shutter their economies to keep the coronavirus at bay, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is refusing to follow the herd,” Politico reports.“His cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease approach has put the Republican governor under a glaring spotlight locally and nationally as cases of the virus in Florida surge past 1,400.”

Communities Are Competing for Ventilators

“We’re not going to give away our supply chains right now because it is that competitive.”

— County Executive Ryan McMahon (R), the top official in New York’s Onondaga County, said he had acquired 60 ventilators to be on hand when desperately ill patients with COVID-19 need help breathing, but he won’t say where he got them, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

Mixed Signals on the Coronavirus Fight

57%

A new CBS News poll finds 57% of Americans say the nation’s efforts to combat the coronavirus are going badly right now, most call it a crisis and see a months-long process before it is contained. But this is curious: 53% say President Trump is doing a good job handling the outbreak, and 54% are optimistic about his administration’s ability to handle it from here, though 66% also feel the Trump administration was not prepared to deal with it when it started.

The Pandemic Is Accelerating

350,000

“The coronavirus pandemic that’s spread to nearly every country in the world is picking up pace, the World Health Organization said Monday, as global cases eclipsed 350,000 and deaths soared past 15,000,” CNBC reports. Reuters reports the WHO was seeing a “very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections in the United States which had the potential of becoming the new epicenter.

CDC: Not a Question of If, but When for Covid-19

“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen.”

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Americans should brace for the likelihood that the coronavirus will spread to communities in the United States, the New York Times reports.