Members of the Democratic Party have repeatedly made false or misleading claims this week over the coronavirus outbreak in an apparent attempt to damage President Donald Trump.
What’s even worse, many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates proposed policies would likely put the U.S. at greater risk of having an outbreak.
A fact check by the Associated Press confirms earlier reports that Democratic presidential candidates are falsely claiming that President Donald Trump cut funding and personnel needed to fight coronavirus.
Little Mike Bloomberg was one of many to lie about Trump’s handling of the virus, when during the Democrat debate in South Carolina, he falsely claimed that Trump had “fired” a pandemic specialist at the White House, and “defunded” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Bloomberg was trying to scare the American public into believing that Trump is to blame for the spread of coronavirus — even though there have been just over a dozen cases and no fatalities in the U.S.
The truth is, however, the pandemic specialist had left voluntarily during a reorganization of the bloated National Security Council (NSC), and the CDC cuts — as the agency wound down its Ebola response — were only proposed, not enacted.
Trump reacted to the lies being spread about him via twitter:
“So, the Coronavirus, which started in China and spread to various countries throughout the world, but very slowly in the U.S. because President Trump closed our border, and ended flights VERY EARLY, is now being blamed by the Do Nothing Democrats, to be the fault of “Trump”.
The AP confirmed Thursday, in an article titled “AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness,” that much of what Democrats are saying about Trump’s response to the coronavirus challenge is simply not true:
“Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.
He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing instead. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never took effect.
Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.
“The CDC’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past,” said John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, which works with government at all levels to improve the nation’s response to high-risk health crises. Some Democrats have charged that Trump decimated the nation’s public health leadership, but Auerbach said CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during the past three years.”
The changes in the Trump administration — the restructuring and the proposed CDC cuts — were overdue, as the Ebola crisis had faded. It was bad luck that a new public health crisis emerged at that precise moment.
But it was also fortunate that President Trump departed from protocol in one important way, widely criticized at the time: by shutting down travel from China, something the AP says is not typically done, he likely prevented a larger outbreak and bought the government precious time to prepare a response and educate the public.
A report late last year from the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the United States was by far the most prepared nation to handle an epidemic.
The Trump administration has aggressively moved to combat the coronavirus:
Attempting for the last 2 months to have the CDC enter China to assist in the containment of the outbreak as well as working together researching the virus.
Pledging $100 million to other countries to aid them in combatting the virus.
Immediately banning flights from China.
Seeking $2.5 in additional funding to combat the Virus here at home, agreeing to add more if necessary.
Considering the use of special powers to boost domestic manufacturing crucial in combatting the virus.
If any Americans are making the Coronavirus more dangerous, it’s certainly not President Trump and his administration, but instead the Democrats who choose to attack him rather than work with him to solve this potential crisis.