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Was the White House office for global pandemics eliminated?
Glenn Kessler and
March 20, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. EDT
The Obama-Biden Administration set up the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to prepare for future pandemics like covid-19. Donald Trump eliminated it and now were paying the price.
Former vice president Joe Biden, in a tweet, March 19
Several readers have written The Fact Checker, saying they were confused by dueling opinion articles that appeared in The Washington Post concerning the National Security Council office highlighted in Bidens tweet.
On March 13, The Post published an article by Beth Cameron, a former Obama administration official, titled I ran the White House pandemic office. Trump closed it. She argued that eliminating the office, which she headed from September 2016 to March 2017, has contributed to the federal governments sluggish domestic response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Three days later, The Post published an article by Tim Morrison, a former Trump administration official, titled No, the White House didnt dissolve its pandemic response office. I was there. He countered that office, which he oversaw for about a year starting in July 2018, was folded into another one to streamline a bloated organization and the combined directorate was stronger because related expertise could be commingled.
Rearranging organizational charts and bureaucratic intrigue is part of the lifeblood of official Washington, but it can have meaningful consequences for Americans. The government works effectively when the right people are in the right place to make decisions and the Trump administrations stumbling response to the coronavirus suggests the government is not working as effectively as it could.
Asked at a congressional hearing on March 11 whether it was a mistake to eliminate the office, Anthony S. Fauci, who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, diplomatically said: I wouldnt necessarily characterize it as a mistake. I would say we worked very well with that office. It would be nice if the office was still there.
Can one office really make a difference? At a news conference on March 13, President Trump dismissed this as a nasty question. Lets explore.
The rest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/20/was-white-house-office-global-pandemics-eliminated/
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