The Trump White House reduced “$15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated.” All this was basically a “Obama did it so we don’t want it” penny-pinching move…. “In May 2018, Trump ordered the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down, calling for reassignment of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer and dissolution of his team inside the agency. The month before, then-White House National Security Advisor John Bolton pressured Ziemer’s DHS counterpart, Tom Bossert, to resign along with his team. Neither the NSC nor DHS epidemic teams have been replaced. The global health section of the CDC was so drastically cut in 2018 that much of its staff was laid off and the number of countries it was working in was reduced from 49 to merely 10.” Trump will spend billions on a border wall to “keep you safe”–but nothing to speak of to protect you from a disease pandemic. Stupidity beyond measure.
And now comes the coronavirus.
Messages from the White House diverged throughout Tuesday, with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow raising eyebrows with remarks in an CNBC interview stating that the virus was “contained” and that it was pretty close to “air-tight.” His remarks came the same day the CDC warned of an inevitable outbreak in the United States.
It isn’t just the coronavirus. To save money and to do Obama one in the eye Trump has seriously undercut our country’s ability to defend itself against a mass epidemic…And in this increasingly overpopulated, crowded, ever-traveling world population, more pandemics will come.