Michael D. Shear, Noah Weiland, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, and David E. Sanger, reporting for The New York Times:
Each morning at 8 as the coronavirus crisis was raging in April,
Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, convened a small
group of aides to steer the administration through what had become
a public health, economic and political disaster.
Seated around Mr. Meadows’s conference table and on a couch in his
office down the hall from the Oval Office, they saw their
immediate role as practical problem solvers. Produce more
ventilators. Find more personal protective equipment. Provide more
But their ultimate goal was to shift responsibility for leading
the fight against the pandemic from the White House to the states.
They referred to this as “state authority handoff,” and it was at
the heart of what would become at once a catastrophic policy
blunder and an attempt to escape blame for a crisis that had
engulfed the country — perhaps one of the greatest failures of
presidential leadership in generations.
Absolutely riveting — and infuriating, and terrifying — account of how the U.S. response went so terribly wrong. Devastating assessment of Jared Kushner (no surprise) and Dr. Deborah Birx (a bit surprising).