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Trump Brags About Cutting Pandemic Response Team in 2018~Video Scrubbed but Here is UK's Independent article

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This is the entire UK Independent article, but IT gets scrubbed...

Donald Trump admits to cutting the Pandemic Response Team in 2018

Video emerges showing Trump talking about cutting pandemic team in 2018, despite saying last week 'I didn't know about it'

Video appears to contradict president's claim of ignorance about the cuts

[This video file cannot be played. (Error Code: 102630)]

A video has emerged of Donald Trump talking about cutting the US pandemic response team in 2018 - days after claiming that he knew nothing about the disbanded White House unit.

Mr Trump said of the pandemic team that "some of the people we've cut they haven't been used for many, many years and if we ever need them we can get them very quickly and rather then spending the money".

"I'm a business person, I don't like having thousands of people around when you don't need them," he added.

The US president has come under fire in recent days for his decision to disband the National Security Council directorate at the White House responsible for planning the US's preparedness for future pandemics.

The unit had been established by the previous White House administration in 2014 after the outbreak of Ebola.

A former director of the unit, Dr Beth Cameron, used an op-ed in The Washington Post to say that "it is clear that eliminating the office has contributed to the federal government's sluggish domestic response".

In a press conference on Friday, Mr Trump denied knowing anything about the cuts in 2018 when questioned by Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter for PBS.

After denying that his administration was responsible for any failures in the roll-out of American coronavirus testing, Alcindor had asked Mr Trump: "You said that you don't take responsibility, but you did disband the White House pandemic office, and the officials that were working in that office left this administration abruptly. So what responsibility do you take to that?"

The US president responded by saying: "Well, I just think it's a nasty question ...You say we did that, I don't know anything about it."

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Lying is a national pass time.

America is a fact-free zone.

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The orange Fuhrer has been bragging that the job he is doing is a "10."

Last night on the PBS Newshour, a Harvard doctor was asked if trump's job was a "10." He answered, "Yes, it was, 10 out of 100, not 10 out of 10."

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I'm confused. The video you presented at the top of your article was not made in 2018, so I suppose it's not the one you are referring to, and you also said in the article, "This video file cannot be played". So just what does it say and how do we know that? Is the quote given, "I'm a business person, I don't like having thousands of people around when you don't need them," the whole deal? If so, it doesn't seem like a very big deal, but that's just my opinion.

Another question, not about the article, but this seems like as good a place as any to ask it: I've heard a lot about the Administration refusing to use "the WHO test kits". So where are those kits now? Are they still available? How many are there? Is the federal government still refusing to accept them? I suppose the sub-text of my questions is: were they really a big deal, and, if so, why aren't they still a big deal? And if they weren't/aren't, why does the Administration get a lot of blame about them? (I really don't know the answer -- it's not a loaded question. There just seem to be some things that aren't easy to find out on the internet, or, at least, by me.)

In the same vein, I've been trying to find out just when South Korea, who gets a lot of praise for doing so, started their testing program. Some of what I've been able to find out, but not the answer to my question, is that (1) SK has about 1/7 the population of the US, (2) their new case numbers per day peaked the first week in March, (3) if one goes back two or three weeks (about the time it takes from infection to symptoms) to about Feb 17, SK seems to have had hardly any identified cases, if any at all.

So they must have started doing something that turned it around about around Feb 17, but what was it and how did they think to do it when they had no cases? Because they saw it happening in China and decided it would come there? Or what? And just how did their testing then help them to stop the spread if they in fact had no identified cases at that time? I really haven't been able to find out anything about this on the internet, just a slew of articles about how great their current testing is. (I probably need to post these questions somewhere else also that might get wider readership, because I'd really like to understand it.)

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Thanks for that key question and your incisive comment and questions in general.

Did you watch the video? that was all that was both relevant and available.

As to the "scrubbed" video, someone took it out of the article site for The Independent, and that one I used was therefore all I could find.

This one from DN should clarify even more:


How Trump dismantled the U.S. pandemic response infrastructure Trump's decision to appoint Vice President Mike Pence to lead the task force on U.S. coronavirus response is the latest in an attempt to hastily piece back ...
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2 key video clips:

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Thanks! Those were clarifying. Laurie Garrett knows a lot about epidemics and is certainly a good source, although I still wouldn't say I now have a very complete picture of what Trump did differently from Obama that has made a big difference in response actions and time. But perhaps true -- the Administration certainly could have been more proactive. On the other hand, hopefully we will be ahead of Italy, for example.

Here's a link to an interesting Power Point type presentation showing what lessons we might learn from the Wuhan experience. Many of the slides of graphs I found confusing and repetitive, but the written summaries of what was learned after every few graphs is quite clear. ("Lessons learned" start on about slide 34. Sounds long and troublesome, but really not if you don't try to over study the graphs.)

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