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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:01 PM

digby: A disgrace in the richest country in the world

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A disgrace in the richest country in the world
Published by digby on March 26, 2020


Because this administration refused to listen to the experts and decided they didn’t need to prepare we are now letting people die for lack of protective gear for medical personnel:

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“Is there sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are providing medical care?” the playbook instructs its readers, as one early decision that officials should address when facing a potential pandemic. “If YES: What are the triggers to signal exhaustion of supplies? Are additional supplies available? If NO: Should the Strategic National Stockpile release PPE to states?”

The strategies are among hundreds of tactics and key policy decisions laid out in a 69-page National Security Council playbook on fighting pandemics,
which POLITICO is detailing for the first time. Other recommendations include that the government move swiftly to fully detect potential outbreaks, secure supplemental funding and consider invoking the Defense Production Act — all steps in which the Trump administration lagged behind the timeline laid out in the playbook.

“Each section of this playbook includes specific questions that should be asked and decisions that should be made at multiple levels” within the national security apparatus, the playbook urges, repeatedly advising officials to question the numbers on viral spread, ensure appropriate diagnostic capacity and check on the U.S. stockpile of emergency resources.

The playbook also stresses the significant responsibility facing the White House to contain risks of potential pandemics, a stark contrast with the Trump administration’s delays in deploying an all-of-government response and President Donald Trump’s recent signals that he might roll back public health recommendations.

“The U.S. government will use all powers at its disposal to prevent, slow or mitigate the spread of an emerging infectious disease threat,” according to the playbook’s built-in “assumptions” about fighting future threats. “The American public will look to the U.S. government for action when multi-state or other significant events occur.”

The guide further calls for a “unified message” on the federal response, in order to best manage the American public’s questions and concerns. “Early coordination of risk communications through a single federal spokesperson is critical,” the playbook urges. However, the U.S. response to coronavirus has featured a rotating cast of spokespeople and conflicting messages; Trump already is discussing loosening government recommendations on coronavirus in order to “open” the economy by Easter, despite the objections of public health advisers.

The NSC devised the guide — officially called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents, but known colloquially as “the pandemic playbook” — across 2016. The project was driven by career civil servants as well as political appointees, aware that global leaders had initially fumbled their response to the 2014-2015 spread of Ebola and wanting to be sure that the next response to an epidemic was better handled.

The Trump administration was briefed on the playbook’s existence in 2017, said four former officials, but two cautioned that it never went through a full, National Security Council-led interagency process to be approved as Trump administration strategy. Tom Bossert, who was then Trump’s homeland security adviser, expressed enthusiasm about its potential as part of the administration’s broader strategy to fight pandemics, two former officials said.


Trump’s only real method of decision-making when he came into office was to ignore or reverse anything the previous administration did. He was so unprepared and unfit that he didn’t know anything else to do.

Now we are in a crisis and he is totally at sea. And Americans are dying.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:05 PM

1. Yes, Trump is responsible for many Americans that are dying. Trump is a stupid fool

Instead of acting like a fool, and making fun of the virus, he should have been a leader, & not a fool

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:16 PM

2. Everything will be fine by Easter.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:18 PM

3. Trump's in over his head. His incompetence and negligence

was obvious for years, long before he was even a candidate. He's not making informed, logical decisions based on the known facts and the expert advice of experienced professionals in science and medicine.

Real people are dying in hospitals that are barely keeping up with 3rd world capabilities. There's no federal leadership to take charge of this nationwide disaster, cities and states hit the hardest by the virus aren't even getting the level of federal assistance they would get after a hurricane or tornado damage.

Trump's failed leadership is only focused on the demands of the wealthy, rich people like himself, who are concerned about making money during this unprecedented medical disaster.

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:17 PM

4. K&R for visibility.

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