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Trump’s Reaction to Coronavirus is Spot On – Critics Are Wrong

CoronavirusFirst, we had the Chinese coronavirus, then the economic impact, now Monday morning quarterbacks, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and a peacock’s tail of critics saying President Trump’s organization is all wrong. Stop the presses – this is how our military responds, and it is right.

Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are sure they could do better, Clinton calling President Trump “diabolical” and “destructive,” Biden claiming “bizarre” statements (rather ironically) and “draconian cuts” (which do not exist), while Sanders mocks Trump as a “great scientist.”

Big criticisms focus on Trump’s White House response, placing Vice President Pence in charge, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar next in the chain, and CDC and NIH leadership below that.

As a matter of record, Trump initiated early border and travel restrictions, aggressive limits on the inflow of potential infections. His administration questioned and tested for symptoms at ports of entry, freed military bases for quarantine, brought diplomats home, and isolated suspect cases.

In addition to pressing for containment, Trump waived regulations to accelerate private-sector research, development, testing, and deployment of virus responses, including identification of an inoculation. He pushed availability of anti-viral medicines, diagnostic kit distribution, telephone hotlines, better statistical data to support evolving responses, and has stayed close to the public.

On the organizational front, he set up a task force, and – apparently the controversial part – put Vice President Pence in charge of the task force’s management, coordination, and public communications.

Media and Democratic response to these measures have been caustic and transparently political – at a time where unity of mission is needed. These responses are unforgivable. While the President and Vice President have sought to inform, prepare, calm, and coach the public, Democrats have sought to inflame, spread fear, encourage panic, and turn a mild virus into the Black Plague – pinning it on Trump.

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who tore up the President’s State of the Union Speech on television, called Trumps’ organization a “weak attempt” to contain, condemning the effort as “meager, anemic” and “shameful” – as if the President wants more sick Americans. Her demagoguery is outsized, matched only by her personal hatred of the man. Her behavior is unbecoming of a House Speaker.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer wasted no time castigating Trump, calling his approach “towering and dangerous incompetence.” Democrat Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, using Democrat talkers, called Trump’s organization “frightening,” boldly claiming it will “cost lives.”

New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, who last year celebrated legalizing infanticide, took issue with Trump’s humanity. He said Trump’s 8 billion dollar appropriation – intended to respond to the virus – was insufficient, “ludicrous” and “disconnected from reality.” Cuomo capped his “emergency” declaration with the words, “I’m not urging calm, I’m urging reality.”

Meantime, media personalities seem to hope coronavirus will unseat Trump in the absence of recession. They have let fly. The New York Times dubbed it “Trumpvirus,” while Time Magazine declared Trump’s organization “doomed from the start” and a “grave mistake.” Time’s digital outlet meantime pumps readers to subscribe to Time’s “daily coronavirus newsletter,” assuring a return.

All this begs the question. Whether mild – which it is – or the Black Plague, is the President’s organization and response correct? On January 30 – five weeks ago – the President appointed Vice President Pence to serve as a Commanding Officer (CO) for his Coronavirus Task Force, initially consisting of 12 persons, including HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who effectively became the Executive Officer (XO). The flow to various departmental officers includes “top officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health” and Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and State.

Organizationally, this is precisely how a military unit would be structured, lines of authority, division of labor, and inputs from different pools of expertise coordinated through operational leaders – in their areas of expertise, fed up through the chain to an executive officer and commander. In this case, the commander reports to the actual Commander in Chief.

One might argue the President could have leaned on existing organizations, rather than form a new one, but the new one concentrates effort, prioritizes the issue, and makes clear his support. One might argue he could have appropriated resources earlier, but that is nonsensical – as the crisis was not foreseeable.

As it was, Trump acceded to Democrats’ “Christmas tree” bill, allowing big adds in a specific coronavirus supplemental. He has been ahead of the curve, not behind it – and as cooperative as conceivable.

As some quietly acknowledge, the President has so far managed coronavirus thoughtfully, effectively, and methodically. The roles of CO, XO, and departmental officers are filled with the right people. A vice president brings authority a secretary cannot, and an HHS Secretary is naturally first among equals, with CDC, NIH, and medical experts reporting through him.

Even the Associated Press grudgingly noted the Democrats’ politically motivated hysteria is overdone. Democrat attacks paint “a distorted picture,” and neither CDC nor NIH are “suffering from budget cuts,” as alleged. They point out Biden is “wrong to say the agencies’ money has been cut.” Moreover, “the public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation.”

Even outside groups, like the non-partisan “Trust for America’s Health,” credit the Administration’s response, noting “the CDC’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past.” They acknowledge the President is getting the right information out, letting experts call the shots.

In short, panic and political blame may sell – but they are unwarranted. The truth is, President Trump’s task force, leadership organization, medical experts pool, advance and continued actions, resource requests and appropriations concessions sync with good operations – and our Nation’s immediate needs. This virus is not his doing; his precautions are already paying dividends.

Together, we will weather this storm. Americans do that, and well. On reflection, Monday morning quarterbacking by anti-Trump Democrats and crisis-crazed media is just embarrassing. It is self-serving and undignified. In an age of shameless behavior, criticizing a President, Vice President, Secretary of HHS, and leaders of CDC and NIH for doing the right thing – sets the bar to a new low.

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Nancy Hannan
2 years ago

How do we confront these prophets of doom on the very issues they are promoting. Surely, someone they believe must realize how damaging their false and hateful comments are. Why hasn’t someone publicly challenged them? Including the awful Pelosi, Schumer, and the pitiful Hilary and Sanders.

3 years ago

It is now March 16 & not a pretty picture by Trump today. He needs to bury his big ego, say i’m sorry but as of today I am going to be honest to all of you Americans. Also, I am not going on TV every day & try to micromangage the task CDC group.

3 years ago

The same boring responses of the ‘d’emocrate party (small d as intended) as we have seen since our president took office may finally be showing “cracks”. Some, though few, in the news media seem to be acknowledging the lies of liberal politicians in the federal government concerning the Trump teams efforts to control corona virus. Also, even a few ‘d’emocrates of extreme liberal views are forced to acknowledge the Trump teams effort. A great example is the excessive liberal governor of CA. While panic seems to persist in the US over this virus (ie. panic buying of toilet paper), is it possible reality is setting in for some how valuable our Trump team really is? I doubt it, but remain hopeful.

Rex Croson
3 years ago

Taking the bull by the horns and organizing a plan to head off as much as you can is so much better than ignoring this pandemic. It’s easy to condemn all that the President and Vice President are working to do, when in fact we all should thank them for at lest doing the best that they can with the unknown.

3 years ago

The POTUS and his administration are doing an excellent job Statistics PROVE that there are significantly LESS Corona Virus CASES IN US. as well as LOWER MORTALITY as compared to Eutope and Asia The outstanding issue. Is the evil media and corrupt Government officials are inciting PANIC!!!!!! the Media MUST BE BLOCKED!!!!
I am not sure HOW Perhaps the FCC can monitor this runaway scare tactic Perhaps it should be a National Security measure to permit, ONLY ONE Media source to release information, / data in direct conjunction with the CDC, NIH AND WHO, It is blatantly evident that every time a truthful report is released; the Media counter releases PANIC


3 years ago

thank you for this update and refreshing article. I believe in President Trump and what he is doing with the nation.

3 years ago

This so sad and so typical of the Dems, as well as the mainstream media. It is also one more way to keep our country divided against itself. We are just not showing any sense at all when we allow the Dems and mainstream media to behave this way. It is unamerican and portrays us as weak to other countries when we cannot at least allow and support our own elected official to do the best job he or she can during the time he has been given to serve us. How unfair. How dumb! When we do not agree, vote him or her out the next time. But please allow the person the time without the constant faultfinding and persecution which divides us and does no one any good, not even the opponents.

3 years ago

I wish Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Hillary Clinton and all of their Washington cohorts, plus the entire far left media (not the common sense Fox media of course), would all take a slow boat to China….and STAY THERE!

3 years ago

Fear of the Presidency falling into the hands of a communist or a leftist, socialist-leaning Democrat caused the market dive in October 2008 and thereafter.

This is just Act II, Scene i of the same underground ploy, er, play.

The media blaming the present market retrenchment on COVID-19, serious though it be, is just another smokescreen for what is actually happening. Same old, same old. Haven’t we seen this rerun enough times to know it word for word?

Ron Willis
3 years ago

Having worked in the office of a leftist democrat elected official, I have personal experience that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING they think do or say, is filtered through the lens of political considerations. Politics are their FIRST priority, ahead of public safety, public welfare and public funding.

3 years ago

well done Mr. President

3 years ago

well done Mr President

Enuf Said
3 years ago

Well, what else do you expect the Democrap flunkies to say? Hey, Trump great job! If you believe that then pull out a tooth and wait for the Tooth Fairy to leave you da’ monies– Put out your Easter basket so the Easter bunny can fill it up with goodies TONIGHT–and yes– Do not forget to put your stockings on the mantle, put the Christmas tree back up and decorate the outside for Christmas- Now that’s what a TRUE Denocrap woyld have you to do-IF you believe the virus is Trump’s fault and that he is NOT addressing the virus–Then proceed accordingly!-If your neighbors do ALL the mentioned, idiotic things–THEN you will know their a brick short of a pile!!

3 years ago

After CShumer put targets on the backs of 2 Supreme Court justices and made a non-apology for his remarks for which he did not get punished, CShumer once again hid behind NPelosi’s skirt. NPelosi was dragged out to deflect media coverage away from CShumer’s inflammatory remarks. NPelosi, aided and abetted by MSM, appeared on MSM, 24/7, decrying the insufficiency of President Trump’s strategy to fight the corona virus spread in US. Instead of uniting with the administration to combat the epidemic, she only criticized his efforts to combat the spread of corona virus. It worked. MSM compliance by giving NPelosi 24/7 criticism of President Trump blanketed the airwaves and CSchumer walked away scot free for attacking the Supreme Court.

Edward Thomas Curtis
3 years ago

Can anyone out there even guess what kind of shape we would be finding ourselves if this had happened during the Obama administration? Or a Hillary administration? Enough said. Go Trump!

dino deplorable
3 years ago

Do the dunse oc RATS ever quit complaining about what the Republicans and our President does.I think not and I and a lot of other people are totally fed up with liberal socialist democrats and their vindictive attitude.I could go on and on,but I won’t,i think that most people have enough common sense to know what these sore losers are up to.

3 years ago

Let us face the ugly truth According to Democrats, POTUS can do NOTHING that is appropriate or correct They are so unrealistic that they even believe their own LIES I hope and pray that the system Holds big mouth Chuckie Schumer accountable for his loser attitude and sick behavior!!!!!!! I have often hoped and Prayed that this administration would GO AFTER all idiotic slime balls that call themselves Elected Politicians Inclusive of Pelosi,Schiff, Nadler and most idiotic Democrats Americans NEED to open their eyes and acknowledge the real epidemic which is the Nasty DEMOCRATIC VIRAL PANDEMIC that is debilitating our Country All Citizens need to acknowledge how SICK AND SINISTER these people are in their attitude and even SICKER in their evil behaviors GOD HELP AMERICA TO. PURGE THESE NASTY, WRONG EVIL PEOPLE FROM OUR BELOVED DEMOCRACY????????????

Nancy Pelletier
3 years ago

Thankyou President Trump Well done.

3 years ago

Why can’t the dissention from Democrat government officials be deemed as what sailors call ‘Mutiny?’ They are undermining a duly elected President and an entire administration simply because they hate the man….or is it more than that? Could it be they are desperately afraid all their corruption will be exposed? In any case those who are doing their utmost to bring not only this administration down but also our country. ‘A nation devided against itself will fall.’ This is a reality that the far Left loons do not even consider. I know at this present time many of God’s faithful believers are and have been praying for the President, his administration and the country as a whole. I feel God is working a work that the evil mongers in our government are feeling as well. It explains why their hate for God is exposing them for what they are doing. They’re falling on their faces and trying to blame it all on anyone other than themselves. Something somewhat comical is their shaming of each other throughout the Democrat campaign for the Presidency. Something needs to be done to every traitorous Democrat in office at this point. There has to be laws on the books that address exactly such as is being committed by the Left. I pray God will grant us a Spiritual revival in America, because it is so badly needed and necessary. The Coronavirus has affected some of our least favored rogue world governments like Iran and China. We will see what the result will be when God completes His purpose in this.

Keith Amber
3 years ago

I am consistently impressed with AMAC reporting…thank you so much…God bless you, and us all!

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