Trump’s Mismanagement Continues To Make The Crisis Worse
April 9, 2020
After allowing our federal stockpile to nearly deplete, the federal government is taking medical supplies from states as Trump ends funding for testing sites across the country.
In the middle of the peak of the coronavirus crisis, Trump is ending federal funding for testing sites across the country.
NPR: “Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears”
The national stockpile is nearly depleted after Trump failed to prepare early on to obtain the medical supplies needed.
Associated Press: “The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.”
Associated Press: “After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.”
The federal government is seizing medical supplies from states even after Trump abandoned states and hospitals and told them to secure their own supplies.
Los Angeles Times: “Although President Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and how they can get what they need to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.”
Trump is taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to push his political agenda, including his cruel, anti-immigration policies.
Washington Post: “The Trump administration has carried out nearly 10,000 summary deportations or ‘expulsions’ since March 21, using emergency public health measures that have given U.S. Customs and Border Protection broad authority to bypass immigration laws, CBP officials said Thursday.”
BuzzFeed News: “A Woman Gave Birth In A Border Patrol Station Still Wearing Her Pants. Now The Agents Involved Are Being Accused Of Abuse.”
Washington Post: “In some cases, Trump is continuing to do what he had been doing, pushing policies that have won him plaudits among his conservative supporters. In others, he is using the broad powers granted to the executive branch amid a national crisis to pursue policy goals he has long sought and in some cases struggled to achieve.”