• Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.
  • Unsurprisingly, he refuses to take any responsibility for the damage he caused. But Trump led the federal response that got us here:
    • He ignored weeks of warnings about the severity of the outbreak, made by public health experts and senior officials in his own administration.
    • He overruled government health experts who wanted to issue early warnings urging vulnerable people to reduce their exposure.
    • He delayed implementation of proactive response measures that help to mitigate virus spread.
    • He falsely blamed past administrations instead of taking account for his own failure to address the testing shortage, and has continually lied about access to testing.
    • He downplayed the severity of the outbreak, publicly claiming it would “go away” in a few months.
    • He unnecessarily rocked financial markets with numerous incorrect claims.
  • Trump’s inability to lead our country through this crisis is years in the making. Since becoming president, Trump has systematically debilitated our country’s ability to respond to public health crises.
    • As the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.
    • Trump eliminated critical staff who would have been responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics, and the NSC’s director for medical and biodefense preparedness remains unfilled.
    • Roughly two-thirds of Trump’s appointees who attended a pre-inauguration briefing on the possibility of a global pandemic are no longer serving in Trump’s chaotic administration.
    • The Trump administration is backing a lawsuit to overturn the ACA, which could cause 21 million Americans to lose coverage, and Trump has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t protect patients with preexisting conditions or provide comprehensive coverage, including for things like coronavirus testing or treatment.
  • While Trump has begun to take measures in the right direction, he is still not leading. Trump is playing catch-up with the more serious responses taken by state and local governments at a time when our country needs real leadership from the federal government to get ahead of this escalating crisis.
  • Trump’s actions now do not make up for his bungled response. Trump has wasted time by proposing measures that don’t address the problem.
    • Tax cuts won’t stop the spread of coronavirus, but Trump continually pushed for a reduction in payroll contributions opposed by members of both parties.
    • Trump has touted his travel ban for most of Europe, which created chaos in American airports over the weekend, while failing to take substantive action to address the fact that the virus is already in our county and is now community spread.
    • Trump has manipulated the coronavirus pandemic to push for his ineffective border wall, even though there are fewer cases in Mexico than there are in the United States.
  • Even now, as sports leagues are suspended and schools across the country are closed, and as the economy sinks the closest to recession it’s been in over a decade, Trump continues to downplay the crisis and contradict experts.
  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.
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