On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, President Donald Trump and economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the new coronavirus is under control in America. However, disease experts warned Americans to prepare themselves for an outbreak.
The muddled messaging came at a time when the stock market plummeted for a second straight day and elected officials for both parties raised doubts about the efficacy of the $2.5 billion that the White House requested to battle the coronavirus.
While on his visit to New Delhi, India, Trump said “we have very few people with it.” A “lot of talent” and a “lot of brainpower” is being tapped for the coronavirus response, he added.
He declared the situation is “very well under control in our country.”
Similarly, economic adviser Larry Kudlow contended that the stock market’s fall represented a potential buying opportunity for investors. “Our economy is in good shape,” asserted Kudlow. “This virus won’t last forever. We have contained it.”
However, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who is in charge of dealing with respiratory diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said to reporters that “it’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen – and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”
U.S. health officials insist that there’s no confusing message going around. They emphasize that they’ve previously warned about the coronavirus spreading in America.
The messaging has become more urgent as they attempt to educate Americans about the health risks, and about the steps that need to be taken if the virus is not contained.
Health experts want people to start considering different approaches to handling a potential virus outbreak, such as closing schools and telecommuting to work. During the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, these steps were taken.
“Part of preparedness is an educated population thinking about the future,” commented Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
“The immediate risk to the general American public remains low, but that has the potential to change quickly,” he continued.
On Tuesday morning, senators from both political parties questioned whether the Trump administration’s request for $2.5 billion would be enough.
“If you low-ball something like this, you’ll pay for it later,” Alabama Senator Richard Shelby told Azar. The two had a dialogue during a budget hearing that turned into a discussion about U.S. readiness in the face of the virus outbreak.
Shelby declared that if the virus kept spreading, “it could be an existential threat to a lot of people in this country.”
Azar claimed that about two months after the first warnings about the virus were published, there’s no evidence the virus has spread in the U.S. beyond a few patients infected abroad and a several close relatives. Azar attributed this success to travel controls and mandatory quarantines. He added that government scientists are developing a vaccine to treat the coronavirus.
“We cannot hermetically seal off the United States to a virus and we need to be realistic about that,” the health chief sustained. “We’ll have more cases in the United States, and we’ve been very transparent about that.” If these cases occur, Azar said “we’ll work to mitigate those.”
Democrat Senator Patty Murray of Washington said the administration’s approach to the crisis has been “unacceptable.”
“We cannot afford to plan on the cheap or at the last minute,” she remarked.
“I’m deeply concerned that we are way behind the eight-ball on this,” she continued.
Democrats will likely continue politicizing this outbreak and try to tie Trump into it as much as possible or criticize him for not doing enough.
Texas Republican Chairman Allen West Calls on Texans to Reject Democrats’ Radical Open Borders Agenda
No one in Texas should vote Democrat.
Since assuming the position of Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas earlier this year, retired Army Lieutenant Army Colonel Allen West has made his presence felt in Texas politics.
Unlike the flaccid political leadership that preceded him, West is outspoken about Democrats’ radical open borders agenda.
He tweeted on October 21, 2020, “No one in Texas should vote Democrat. It is the party of open borders, decriminalizing illegal border crossing, sanctuary cities for illegals, abolishing ICE, which allows criminal illegal immigrants, along w/human&sex trafficking, to operate freely.”
No one in Texas should vote Democrat. It is the party of open borders, decriminalizing illegal border crossing, sanctuary cities for illegals, abolishing ICE, which allows criminal illegal immigrants, along w/human&sex trafficking, to operate freely.https://t.co/cD3JERSeXm
— Allen West (@AllenWest) October 21, 2020
In his tweet, he shared a link to a Fox News article titled “Border Patrol arrests nearly 300 illegal immigrants in 18 hours.”
This story referred to an incident where U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas teamed up with local law enforcement to arrest approximately 300 suspected illegal aliens during an 18-hour window last week, as reported by law enforcement.
Agents raided and closed down stash houses in addition to busting suspected smuggling attempts in four separate incidents that saw a total of 294 individuals apprehended for making an attempt to sneak into the U.S.
According to the law enforcement account of the situation, at least 90 of the people placed in custody came from countries outside of Mexico.
“In all of the incidents, none of the individuals were wearing any personal protective equipment,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recounted. “These callous and dangerous acts are several examples of the lack of regard human smugglers have for those they exploit for profit.”
The Texas GOP scored a big win by choosing Allen West as its leader. After years of disappointment on issues such as Constitutional Carry, the Texas GOP is in need of a major facelift when it comes to its political leadership. Thanks to how competitive Texas has become, the GOP must come on point during election season. This means that it must have its most energetic members on board from the start. And it could do so by having a leader that talks about hot button issues such as guns and putting the clamps on mass migration.
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