Trump slashed funding for the U.S. government agencies responsible for handling the coronavirus

President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that the coronavirus, known as COVID-19 virus, is under control because China is "working very hard" to contain its spread.

The president's comments are at odds with reality. The same day, the CDC announced that it expected the virus to spread enough within the US to cause a "disruption to everyday life."

The Trump administration has also spent the past several years dismantling the very government programs responsible for combating a global health crisis.


President Donald Trump spent much of Tuesday reassuring the public that the coronavirus is under control.

"China is working very, very hard," Trump told reporters at a business roundtable at the US embassy in New Delhi. "I have spoken to President Xi, and they are working very hard. If you know anything about him, I think he will be in pretty good shape. They have had a rough patch, but now it looks like they are getting it more and more under control. I think that is a problem that is going to go away."

Trump's comments are at odds with reality.

The coronavirus, or the COVID-19 virus, originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed 2,700 people and spread to 30 countries. There are at least 36 confirmed cases in the US, including repatriated citizens.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it expected the virus to spread further within the US.

Fears of a pandemic come after the Trump administration spent the past several years gutting the very government programs that are tasked with combatting such a crisis.

In 2018, for instance, the CDC cut 80% of its efforts to prevent global disease outbreaks because it was running out of money. Ultimately, the department went from working in 49 countries to just 10.


Here are some other actions the Trump administration undertook to dismantle government-spending programs related to fighting the spread of global diseases, according to Foreign Policy:

Shutting down the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council.

Eliminating the US government's $30 million Complex Crises Fund.

Reducing national health spending by $15 billion.

Consistently attacking Mark Green, the director of the US Agency for International Development.

The CDC is working on a new test to screen for the coronavirus, but according to New York magazine, problems with the test's development resulted in only three out of 100 public-health labs being equipped to screen for the virus. Moreover, each test costs as much as $250, and the Health and Human Services Department is already running out of money to finance an adequate response to the outbreak.


https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-cuts-programs-responsible-for-fighting-coronavirus-2020-2

Comments

  • to save him some extra money before he leaves the office. same as hit and run case in plain sight
  • Thank China a socialist country for giving the world the corona virus and now China refused to share data on the virus they created.
  • China is a communist country, not a socialist democracy like the U.S. and most other western democracies.

    But then, you wouldn't know the difference, would you Reaper?
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    @FactsMatter, communism sprung from the the ideology of Socialism.

    Communist socialism: Power through force

    Democratic Socialism:Power through votes!

    in the end its the same!
  • Anunaki, according to your post, Democrats are communists because they want to give healthcare to everyone including the illegals. They want to give everyone healthcare and free tuition "according to their needs." and not according to the size of their contribution.
  • That is the funniest article ever, Bull02. Pence delayed needles for the Democrat constituency. Outrageous !
  • Actually, most of the opioid users and HIV victims are poor, white, undereducated. Sort of the type of voter your Dictator really likes.

    If you weren't so sad, fascists, you would really be sad.
  • Who wants needles on their sidewalks? Nancy Pelosi.
  • Is that the best you can do? Pathetic.
  • What's pathetic are the sidewalks of San Francisco.
  • Thanks to Trump's travel ban on foreigners who came from China which began in January and his establishing a quarantine zone and a virus taskforce early on, the death toll of the CononavIrus in the USA is thus far zero. (Sarem's favorite number.) Compared to the death toll of the common flu (around 35,000 per year), that is outstanding!

    I hope the Democrats can finally realize that open borders are not good for the USA.
  • How many people have died in socialists China vs Capitalist America when it comes to corona virus?

    No one know the exact figure of how many people by the thousand have died in China. The government of China is socialist. They hide things from the people.

    They say a 2 thousand have died in China but i believe it's 10 to 20 thousand. The Socialist government of China has refused to cooperate with the World Health Organization.

  • This new virus does not care about ethnic groups, national boundaries, or ideologies.

    It is a worldwide public health issue that should be dealt with by health professionals, not by politicians.
  • In North Korea another socialists country they execute those who have been infected by corona virus. That's socialized health care or universal health care for you.

    Don't believe me Google it.
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    This is why i fear big government or a strong federal government. This is why I'm a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. This is why i don't trust a government run healthcare. This is why big government suck.

    If socialized healthcare is good why are the North Koreans putting bullets in the head of their own people who have this virus instead or letting free healthcare take care of the infected north koreans.

    If this can happen in North Korea imagine it in the US which has a strong military and is more organized than North Korea. A socialist government in the US will have powers and mean to carry out its will than Kim jung will ever dream of.
  • Remember this fake news
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