House Panel Labels Trump Pandemic Response an “American Fiasco”

The Democrat-led House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis Friday blasted the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling it an “American fiasco” and “among the worst failures of leadership in American history.”

In releasing the report, subcommittee Chairman Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in a statement, “This report exhaustively documents what has long been clear: the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been a tragic failure. While we cannot bring back the more than 225,000 Americans we have lost to this disease, I hope that this report will serve as a wake-up call to make the improvements needed to prevent further unnecessary deaths and deprivation that will occur if the response continues on its current course.”

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“President Trump’s decision to mislead the public about the severity of the crisis, his failure to listen to scientists about how to keep Americans healthy, and his refusal to implement a coordinated national plan to stop the coronavirus have all contributed to devastating results: more than 227,000 Americans dead, more than 8.8 million Americans infected, and a dangerous virus that continues to spread out of control nine months after it reached our nation’s shores,” the report’s introduction reads.

Indeed, the U.S. in on track to continue setting daily records for new COVID-19 cases as the year drags on. But that didn’t stop Donald Trump Jr. from making the outrageous, detached-from-reality statement on Fox News Thursday night that deaths from the disease have “gone to almost nothing.”

“People are truly morons,” he began, before adding: “The reality is this — I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago, because I went through the CDC data, because I kept hearing about new cases, but I was like why aren’t they talking about deaths? Oh, oh: because the number is almost nothing. Look at my Instagram. “It’s gone to almost nothing.”

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