2 thoughts on “The history of the American coronavirus in four words

  1. Government officials reportedly ‘just couldn’t get’ Trump to do anything about coronavirus early on

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar reportedly couldn’t get Trump to speak with him about the virus until mid-January, two weeks after officials were alerted about its spread in China. Even then, Trump was reportedly more interested in when flavored vaping products were going to return to the market.

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    Top coronavirus doctor puts head in hands when Trump mentions ‘Deep State Department’ at briefing

    “Or as they like to call it, the Deep State Department,” Trump said before Pompeo stepped up.

    Pompeo, who tends to agree with Trump’s far-right tendencies, seemed to take no issue with the term that connotes the U.S. government is actually run by shady political forces behind the scenes. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump’s top coronavirus adviser, rejected his own advice and put his head in his hand after the president threw out the comment.

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  2. As hospitals plead for supplies, FEMA director has no answers on mask shipments

    At Saturday’s White House briefing, neither Trump, Pence nor Gaynor answered a question about the specifics when the masks would be available. Gaynor was so evasive that Trump eventually asked him to clarify his response.

    “When will the masks start coming in?” asked Trump when Gaynor responded to a question about specifics by describing the process of the supply chain. “They’re out there now,” Gaynor said.

    Sure, they are.

    The president said an order for 500 million masks had been placed by the federal government but some estimates say it could take 18 months to fill. Trump has so far declined to use the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production of the masks. Gaynor confirmed this during his Sunday interviews despite Trump saying Friday he would begin using the DPA.

    Lots of energy devoted to the Wall, not so much to save people’s lives.

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