A CNN panel on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump’s “aggressive absence of power and authority” over this abdication of leadership as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country at an exponentially increasing rate. More than 250,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus and new cases will soon surpass 200,000 per day – and experts say that the worst is yet to come.
Trump, embittered over the election shellacking he took by President-Elect Joe Biden, has given up on his presidential duties, opting instead to lie about the election on Twitter and play golf while a desperate nation pleads for help.
Biden said on Wednesday that the damage Trump is inflicting by refusing to cooperate with the presidential transition is hastening spread of the deadly virus. Monumental challenges face the incoming Biden Administration, from coordinating the distribution of forthcoming vaccines to passing a new economic stimulus package to keep the economy afloat.
“We’re gonna be behind by weeks or months” because of Trump’s babyish behavior, the president-elect warned.
The prospect of a government shutdown is also now looming over Washington if leaders from both political parties are unable to reach a deal on how to fund the federal government past December 11.
On Thursday, host Alysin Camerota discussed the crisis with CNN political commentator Errol Louis and Natasha Alford, vice president of digital content and senior correspondent for The Grio.
“Errol, it’s – I don’t even know what word to use, funny, sad? I know that it is life and death. It is life and death, now, that the Biden team is being blocked. The idea that we could be behind by months in this country in terms of the distribution of a vaccine. The one thing that everyone is holding on to, the light at the end of the tunnel, and it could be — even if it were delayed by days, it would be life and death for some people. And that’s where we are,” said Camerota.
“That’s where we are. It is important that I think people remember that while the vaccine is an attractive possibility, right now, the emphasis has to be on the safeguards that are necessary to save lives right now. And it’s doubly shocking that we don’t see the commander in chief. He called himself a wartime president in this war against the president, taking no action to help galvanize the country,” Louis said.
“You know, if you remember back to March and April, Alisyn, the president would talk in public meetings with the governors of the most severely affected states. He would deploy the Navy. He deployed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They would set up mobile field hospitals where it was needed. All of that emergency activity is needed and more right now, as well as putting in place some kind of a plan to bring this to a conclusion with a vaccine some months down the road,” Louis continued.
“The fact that none of these things are happening is shocking and it’s a dereliction of duty, at the worst possible time. And it’s a mistake to think that, hey, it’s only 60 days until this is all over, on January 20th and a new administration is sworn in. Well, those 60 days are the difference between the start of this pandemic and absolute catastrophe back in March and April. And we’re set to relive it all over again,” he added.
CNN host John Berman then joined the conversation and whacked Trump for golfing while Americans are left to suffer and die.
“He’s not a wartime president, he’s a tee-time president. As in golf tee,” Berman said.
“He’s spent more time golfing than speaking to the public. Twelve out of the last 16 days, he’s had nothing on his public schedule. Nothing. I mean, I covered the White House for a year. I’ve never seen anything like this. People who have covered it for far longer than I have have never seen a stretch like this. He’s doing aggressively nothing. Like, the aggressive absence of power and authority here,” Berman added. “And as Alisyn says, I mean, he’s trying to overthrow the Constitution to keep his job. You would think he would at least want to do it.”
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