Trump Chief of Staff: “We’re Not Going to Control the Pandemic”

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows this morning recorded his cameo for Joe Biden’s newest campaign ad when, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he revealed the Trump administration’s new strategy for battling the coronavirus when he declared “We’re not going to control the pandemic.”

Host Jake Tapper asked the logical follow up question, “Why not make efforts to contain it?” Meadows’ response was an insult to infectious disease experts, health care workers and the more than 225,000 people who have died from the disease. “Because it’s a contagious virus, just like the flu.”┬áThe chief of staff went on to say “we need to focus on vaccines and the therapeutics to give Americans the relief that this is not a death sentence because it’s not.” That answer ignores the fact that those who have survived coronavirus often have serious, life-altering complications.

Despite declaring that it can’t be contained, Meadows maintained the Trump administration is making efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. Tapper asked, “How, by running all over the country not wearing a mask?” Tapper also questioned Meadows about why Vice President Mike Pence says he’s going to ignore guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continue traveling to make campaign appearances despite having had five aides test positive for COVID-19.

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“CDC guidelines say that he should quarantine for 14 days … The White House is trying to get around that saying that he’s an essential worker. How is it that campaigning is essential work?” Tapper asked. “It’s not like he’s trying to contain the virus – in fact it’s the opposite. He’s holding rallies that could be spreading the virus.”

But by far the most improbable exchange of the interview was when Tapper pointed out that, even though masks are handed out at Trump rallies, many attendees don’t wear them.

Meadows: “It’s a free society. You’re not wearing one right now, Jake.”

Tapper (looking around the studio): “There is literally not one person in this studio.”

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