Yesterday, Trump irresponsibly removed his mask upon returning to the White House and yet again downplayed the threat of COVID-19, undermining public health and demonstrating the same failed leadership that led to the U.S. having by far the worst outbreak in the world. His administration still refuses to listen to the experts and puts Trump’s politics over public health even as the coronavirus surges in most states across the country.
Trump continues to undermine public health and show the same failure of leadership that led to the U.S. having the worst outbreak in the world.
New York Times: “‘Don’t Be Afraid of Covid,’ Trump Says, Undermining Public Health Messages”
CNN: “A strongly medicated President Donald Trump bolted from his VIP hospital bubble Monday, staging a bizarre White House comeback that included an irresponsible mask removal and a reckless pronouncement there is nothing to fear from Covid-19, which has already killed 210,000 Americans.”
The White House blocked new FDA guidelines to ensure a vaccine is safe, once again refusing to listen to the experts and undermining public trust for Trump’s political interests.
Associated Press: “The White House has blocked new Food and Drug Administration guidelines on bringing potential vaccines for COVID-19 to market that would almost certainly have prevented their introduction before the Nov. 3 election. At issue was the FDA’s planned instruction that vaccine developers follow patients enrolled in their trials for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval from the agency. A senior administration confirmed the move Monday evening, saying the White House believed there was ‘no clinical or medical reason’ for the additional requirement.”
Instead of listening to the experts, the Trump administration has sidelined and even pressured the CDC to cover up the extent of the crisis.
Politico: “Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids”
USA Today: “White House rebuffed CDC offer to lead contact tracing investigation of Trump outbreak”
Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to surge in most parts of the country and experts warn that it could still get worse.
Bloomberg: “Covid-19 Making a Dangerous Comeback in Most Parts of U.S.”
Bloomberg: “Covid-19 is spreading again across most of the U.S., hammering rural America and smaller cities and raising anxiety in New York, as experts warn that school reopenings and colder weather may cause the situation to rapidly deteriorate. In 34 states, the seven-day average of new cases is higher now than it was a month ago.”
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