Trump’s Leadership Failures So Far re COVID-19

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus. An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.

From the NY Times, this indepth article detailing the actions and inactions of Pres. Trump so far this year. This should be helpful to anyone working on a case study of this crisis.  The article is especially notable in that the byline lists 6 authors!


2 thoughts on “Trump’s Leadership Failures So Far re COVID-19

  1. Agree that there is blame to go around – like for the CDC.

    Plus, major of the deficiencies and failures have been in the works for years.
    See: Top officials from three administrations describe how crucial lessons were learned and lost, programs launched and canceled, and budgets funded and defunded.
    Inside America’s 2-Decade Failure to Prepare for Coronavirus

  2. This is a very misleading article. Talk about cherry-picking! Were there voices saying do more – absolutely. But there were also voices – authoritative voices, e.g., Dr. Fauci, a medico, unlike Navarro who is our trade representative – who as late as Feb 21st was publicly saying that we needed to be cautious but that the impacts would likely be small. Were mistakes made? – sure. But looking at ALL of the evidence – not just the Times’ selections – indicates Trump listened to the experts, and acted accordingly. Clearly, our experts were wrong early on – misled by China and the WHO.

    What I’d like the media to focus on is why we apparently didn’t know what Taiwan knew and was doing, in early January. People talk about the successful approaches of Singapore and S. Korea – Taiwan is the real success story – less than 400 cases to date, and only 6 deaths. Why was the CDC apparently unaware of what Taiwan was doing and why they were doing it? To me, that is crucial information we need if we’re going to upgrade our own approach so that we avoid a repeat of this.

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