Trump’s ‘Atavistic Scramble for Power’ Will Lead to More COVID-19 Deaths

“The fear is that Trump will be content with allowing the race to develop and distribute the vaccine to devolve into a global contest — and that poorer countries will be left behind in the rush to procure doses. In essence: that the president’s ‘America First’ view of world affairs as an atavistic scramble for power will lead to unnecessary suffering and death.”

Politico

Trump Slashed Staff at U.S. CDC Office in China

2/3

“The Trump administration cut staff by more than two-thirds at a key U.S. public health agency operating inside China, as part of a larger rollback of U.S.-funded health and science experts on the ground there leading up to the coronavirus outbreak,” Reuters reports. “Most of the reductions were made at the Beijing office of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and occurred over the past two years.”

White House Is Short-Staffed

80%

New York Times: “Some 80 percent of the senior positions in the White House below the cabinet level have turned over during President Trump’s administration, with about 500 people having departed since the inauguration. Mr. Trump is on his fourth chief of staff, his fourth national security adviser and his fifth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. … Between Mr. Trump’s history of firing people and the choice by many career officials and political appointees to leave, he now finds himself with a government riddled with vacancies, acting department chiefs and, in some cases, leaders whose professional backgrounds do not easily match up to the task of managing a pandemic.”

Americans Should Be ‘Deeply Afraid’

“As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation. When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient, when integrity and character no longer matter, when presidential ego and self-preservation are more important than national security — then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil.”

— Retired Navy Admiral William McRaven — U.S. special forces commander from 2011 to 2014, including the 2011 SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden — writes in the Washington Post.

Lisa Page Comforts, Warns Prosecutors Who Quit

“I am sorry for the agony you are about to endure, and for the pain and betrayal you will feel at the hands of your beloved Department. Know that you are on the right side of history and that we are so very proud of you for defending the rule of law.”

— Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who has been firmly in President Trump’s sights over the last few months, tweeted to the four federal prosecutors who stepped aside from the Roger Stone case after the president’s interference.

Americans: Economy Good; State of the Nation, Baad

75%

A new CBS News poll finds 75% of U.S. adults say the economy is in good shape, the highest in almost 20 years. “Still, when asked about the state of the union today, views are mostly negative. Fifty-six percent of Americans say things are fair or bad, while 44% say great or good. Opinions divide starkly along partisan lines. Most Republicans say the state of the country is great or good, while most Democrats say it’s fair or bad.”

Twice as Many Say Trump Has Gone Too Far on Immigration

50%

A new Fox News poll finds half of American voters say the Trump administration has “gone too far” on immigration enforcement. The 50% who say enforcement of immigration laws has “gone too far” is more than double, 24%, those who say actions haven’t gone far enough. About one in five say the measures are about right. By a wide majority — 73% to 24% — Americans favor giving legal status to young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, so-called Dreamers.

Nearly half of Republicans Say God Wanted Trump as President

45%

A new Fox News poll finds that nearly half of Republicans, 45%, believe that God wanted Donald Trump to be president, with another 18% indicating that they weren’t sure. “More than half of white evangelical Protestants — 55% — said that God endorsed Trump. Only 3 in 10 evangelicals said categorically that they didn’t think Trump had God’s explicit support in the election.”