Paul Krugman, writing for The New York Times:
From the day Donald Trump was elected, some of us worried how his
administration would deal with a crisis not of its own making.
Remarkably, we’ve gone three years without finding out: Until now,
every serious problem facing the Trump administration, from trade
wars to confrontation with Iran, has been self-created. But the
coronavirus is looking as if it might be the test we’ve been
And the results aren’t looking good.
The story of the Trump pandemic response actually began several
years ago. Almost as soon as he took office, Trump began cutting
funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
leading in turn to an 80 percent cut in the resources the
agency devotes to global disease outbreaks. Trump also shut down
the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security
Look at this gibberish Trump spouted at his press conference yesterday, when asked about the severe budget cuts to the Center for Disease Control under his administration:
We can get money. And we can increase staff. We know all the good
people. There’s a question I asked the doctors before. Some of the
people we cut, they haven’t been used for many, many years. If we
ever need them we can get them very quickly. And rather than
spending the money — and I’m a business person — I don’t like
having thousands of people around when you don’t need them. When
we need them, we can get them back very quickly. For instance,
we’re bringing some people in tomorrow that are already in this
great government that we have, and very specifically for this. We
can build up very, very quickly, and we’ve already done that.
So Trump is arguing in favor of a policy where we only fully staff the CDC after a pandemic breaks out.
★ Friday, 28 February 2020