Dem Sen. Richard Blumenthal Outraged That Coronavirus Briefing Wasn’t Made Public
As the threat of the coronavirus looms ever more threateningly, the Trump Administration has decided to be more opaque than ever.
A classified briefing was on the matter for U.S. Senators on Tuesday. One Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was not satisfied with what he heard. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was in agreement.
Schumer said of the briefing:
“The Trump administration has been asleep at the wheel. President Trump, good morning, there is a pandemic of coronavirus. Where are you?”
Blumenthal went even further on Twitter. He tweeted:
“This morning’s classified coronavirus briefing should have been made fully open to the American people. They would be as appalled & astonished as I am by the inadequacy of preparedness & prevention.”
This morning’s classified coronavirus briefing should have been made fully open to the American people—they would be as appalled & astonished as I am by the inadequacy of preparedness & prevention.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) February 25, 2020
Chuck Schumer is correct to say that this could become a global pandemic. This is what people have been afraid of since the inception of the Trump Administration.
The rank incompetence of not just Donald Trump himself, but the people he chooses to surround himself with, would make for a very dangerous situation in the wake of a real crisis. Trump has already been lying to the public about the effects of the virus on the economy, as well as how bad the outbreak actually is.
This makes for a very dangerous situation. Hopefully, the career professionals at agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government health agencies realize that Trump and his cohorts are not equipped to handle this crisis, and they do so themselves, no matter how quietly.
The really dangerous part is that Republicans in the Senate are nothing more than sycophants for Trump, because they don’t want to be on the wrong end of a Trump Twitter tantrum or a primary challenge. We all know by now that when it comes to GOP elected officials, saving their own political skins is more important than saving the American people.