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Trump's Lack Of Strategy Will Cost Lives

Trump administration's lack of a unified coronavirus strategy will cost lives, say a dozen experts
Each day that passes without a national strategy, the experts say, will raise the ultimate U.S. death toll from the coronavirus.
Members Of The Coronavirus Task Force Hold Press Briefing
President Donald Trump listens during a coronavirus task force news conference at the White House on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Oliver Contreras / SIPA / Bloomberg via Getty Images
 
April 3, 2020, 4:01 AM CDT
By Ken Dilanian and Dan De Luce

 

WASHINGTON —

 

The Trump administration's decision to let states chart their own responses to the coronavirus crisis rather than impose a national strategy will cost thousands of lives and is likely to result in an open-ended outbreak rolling across the country, a dozen public health experts told NBC News.

The only way to win what President Donald Trump has called a war against an "invisible enemy" is to establish a unified federal command, the experts insist — something Trump has yet to do. So far, the federal government hasn't leveraged all its authority and influence to dramatically expand testing and tracing measures, ensure a sufficient supply of crucial medical equipment or require residents of all 50 states to stay at home.

 

Each day that passes without such a national strategy, the experts say, will raise the ultimate U.S. death toll from COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus. Right now, there aren't enough tests and gear as states compete with one another to buy them on the open market. And there is very little ability to trace who has the virus and where it is spreading.

"This is a problem that we should be dealing with over the entire nation," said William Haseltine, a biologist famed for his work on HIV and AIDS. "This is a national problem — it needs a national response."

 

Without such a national plan of action carried out on a scale akin to the country's mobilization during World War II, the experts say, some hospitals will continue to suffer shortages and the U.S. will lack the data needed to have a clear picture of where COVID-19 has spread, making it much harder to get the virus under control.

The results are clear: Governors and doctors report critical shortages of gear, it remains very difficult to get tested for the virus, and some Americans still aren't heeding guidance to keep away from others.

 

"This is not a partisan issue," said Kenneth Bernard, a retired Navy rear admiral and biosecurity expert who served in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "There needs to be a central command presence on this. There needs to be a person who can act as a focal point for tests, personal protective equipment and countermeasures — acquisition and distribution. Right now, it's too fragmented and fractured, and that's counterproductive, because the states are competing against the federal government for the same sources of materials."

Trump continues to assert that the federal government's role is supporting states, not leading.

"Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government," he tweeted Thursday. "Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). Remember, we are a backup for them."

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Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the Federal Government. Some have insatiable appetites & are never satisfied (politics?). Remember, we are a backup for them. The complainers should...

 
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The decentralized approach is in stark contrast to South Korea's actions. South Korea contained the outbreak by quickly implementing an aggressive national program of social distancing, testing and monitoring. Until testing is dramatically ramped up in the U.S., it will be extremely risky to go back to normal life, experts say. As of April 2, there have been a total of 1.2 million tests nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project, a fraction of what experts say is needed.

This report is based on interviews with and analyses from prominent public health experts and former senior U.S. officials who oversaw efforts to combat infectious diseases in administrations from both parties. These experts say a consensus has emerged in the public health field about what the federal government needs to do take control of the epidemic. The framework is based in part on similar efforts by other governments — including South Korea's and Singapore's — that appear to have "flattened the curve" of the virus for now.

 

MUCH More At Link:

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-administration-s-lack-unified-coronavirus-strate...


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Trump's Lack Of Strategy Will Cost Lives

 

Trump doesn't need a strategy, all Trump needs to do is get him and his family out of the way.

 

We have people that can do this, Trump is in the way.

 

Trump can sit in the White House bunker and watch FOX News or cartoons.

 

Just get this guy out of the way.

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Let's see. Trump spent months dragging his feet despite being forewarned of the impending pandemic.Then when it could no longer be denied, he declared a "war" on it.  And therein lies the problem.  We have a man in charge of a war who never served a day and who has never been a commander or chief.  A bully and a blow-hard--yes!  But a man of reason, strategy, organization, responsibility, integrity, courage, honesty, and follow through...he is NOT!  Those qualities are all needed by an effective leader and he is not that either!  And without a leader or a skilled, knowledgable team and plan, yes people have and will continue to die.  And THAT will be Trump's legacy.

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Just watching the press conference. Yes, a bully, a blowhard, a liar...I think that he possesses every negative attribute that a person can possess. 
Those are not the attributes that we need from, nor expect from Our President...then again, I have never considered trump to be President. That office deserves more respect than trump possesses!

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Has anyone considered the similarities of the Trump administration with that of Herbert Hoover?  And their approach to events of the day?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Herbert_Hoover 

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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

Has anyone considered the similarities of the Trump administration with that of Herbert Hoover?  And their approach to events of the day?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Herbert_Hoover 


Yes.

Is IMPOTUS Like Hoover?  by Ms.Stretch on 4-1.

At this moment 6th from bottom of Page 1.

 

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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

Has anyone considered the similarities of the Trump administration with that of Herbert Hoover?  And their approach to events of the day?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Herbert_Hoover 


As a matter of fact, the similarities have come up.  See Is IMPOTUS Like Hoover?  Sadly, people who don't know history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.

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@MsStretch wrote:


As a matter of fact, the similarities have come up.  See Is IMPOTUS Like Hoover?  Sadly, people who don't know history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.


Doubtful there are many here who grew up in the aftermath of Hoover's administration are aware of circumstances resulting from that era.  It took FDR's new deal and especially World War II to pull the nation out of Hoover's legacy.  Trump has enabled this pandemic much as Hoover did with the depression. 

 

Where is the leadership to pull us out of this...all we seem to be getting from the them  are political infomercials.  Can a change of political leaders pull us out like FDR's....do we have that leadership in the wings?

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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

  Can a change of political leaders pull us out like FDR's....do we have that leadership in the wings?

Oh it will definitely take a change of leadership,  and not to a Republican in the White House or more Republicans in the Senate.


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@ChasKy53 wrote:


Oh it will definitely take a change of leadership,  and not to a Republican in the White House or more Republicans in the Senate.


To the contrary, it will take more than political orientation, but someone with leadership qualities.  

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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

@ChasKy53 wrote:


Oh it will definitely take a change of leadership,  and not to a Republican in the White House or more Republicans in the Senate.


To the contrary, it will take more than political orientation, but someone with leadership qualities.  


You are correct it will take more than political orientation, but that is an important item. You can not have a far right Reb. person ever do it as the far right history over the last 100 years is to hurt people not help. A person must have the desire to help as a start. Not one far right Reb. should be elected in Nov. Since our country is a 2 party system that means there are only dems left to choose from. Once we get rid of Dictator Trump and his followers we might want to look at our election system and a lot of other items to make this country great again, but first things first.

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To the contrary, it will take more than political orientation, but someone with leadership qualities.

 

Bureaucrats run the government, but you know that doesn't work very well if you believe in government so small you can drown it in a bath tub.

 

I takes a good leader, but it also takes someone who believes in a republic, not fifty different little countries plus territories  held together by the Articles of Confederation or something.

 

The whole small government thing is blowing up in the faces of Republicans and it's taking the Republic down.

 

 

 

 

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@gruffstuff wrote:

 

 

I takes a good leader, but it also takes someone who believes in a republic, not fifty different little countries plus territories  held together by the Articles of Confederation or something.

 


Isn't that much like stressing regionalism by attempting denigrate a region(s) of the country?  

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Isn't that much like stressing regionalism by attempting denigrate a region(s) of the country?

 

STRAW MAN

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@gruffstuff wrote:

Isn't that much like stressing regionalism by attempting denigrate a region(s) of the country?

 

STRAW MAN


Yep, a straw man argument. This virus could have been minimized by fast strong action on a national level and trump failed to do that. he should have taken action in January to start getting supplies like, test kits and respirators to our care givers, and masks to our caregivers and the public he should have started social distancing and pushed for governors to shut down non-essential businesses. Instead he denied and delayed taking any action at all.


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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

Has anyone considered the similarities of the Trump administration with that of Herbert Hoover?  And their approach to events of the day?

 

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I don't know @TxGrandpa2

Seems like to me the Trump administration is more similar to a  fractured fairy tale team including Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, Turkey-lurkey, Foxy-woxy,  and Humpty Dumpty all following Howdy Doody (aka Donald the Trump)--the Head Dummy in Charge.

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