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    Trump didnít know about cutting pandemic office, Sherrod Brown letter shows different

    Trump ‘didn’t know’ about cutting pandemic office, but Sherrod Brown letter shows otherwise

    DARREL ROWLAND | THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    During a press conferencen Friday afternoon about the federal government’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump was asked what responsibility he took for disbanding the White House office almost two years ago that had been set up to manage America’s response to pandemics.

    Trump called it a “nasty question,” claimed “I didn’t do it” and twice maintained “I don’t know anything about it.”

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown quickly took to Twitter: “Not true, @realDonaldTrump. I wrote to you more than 600 days ago demanding answers after you fired the entire White House pandemic team.”

    And the Democratic senator from Ohio provided proof: a two-page letter to the president dated May 18, 2018.

    Sherrod Brown

    ✔@SenSherrodBrown

    Not true, @realDonaldTrump. I wrote to you more than 600 days ago demanding answers after you fired the entire White House pandemic team. https://twitter.com/mikememoli/statu...61939174940678

    Mike Memoli

    ✔@mikememoli

    [email protected]: Why did you shut down the pandemic office in the White House

    Trump first calls it a "nasty question." Then says someone else shut it down. "I don't know anything about it."

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    In the missive, Brown questioned Trump’s elimination of the global health security office, part of the National Security Council.

    The 22-month-old critique by Brown, a doctor’s son, sounds eerily prescient today:

    “The administration’s proposed budget cuts threaten our ability to respond to a public health emergency. ... In our globalized world, where diseases are never more than a plane ride away, we must do all we can to prepare for the next, inevitable outbreak and keep Americans safe from disease.

    “I urge you to act swiftly in reaffirming your commitment to global health security by taking immediate action to designate senior-level NSC personnel to focus on global health security, supporting adequate and appropriate funding for global health security initiatives, and leading the way in preparing for the next pandemic threat.”

    On the Senate floor last week, Brown said, “We unilaterally disarmed against the world’s infectious diseases.”

    When reporters asked Trump about shortcomings in testing and other areas cited by members of his own administration, he replied, “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

    Pressed on elimination of the office to handle pandemics, he finally said, per the official White House transcript: “It’s the – it’s the administration. Perhaps they do that. You know, people let people go. You used to be with a different newspaper than you are now. You know, things like that happen.”

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    Trump still wants to cut the CDC 10%.
    Donít be a tough guy. Donít be a fool! I will call you later

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    You mean he lied? No way!
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    But Trump is the Health Expert as well. He gives advice to the rest of the world in this respect and they are heeding his advice. Just ask the right wingers!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bver_hunter View Post
    But Trump is the Health Expert as well. He gives advice to the rest of the world in this respect and they are heeding his advice. Just ask the right wingers!!
    Today's advice to states, during an emergency pandemic conference call.

    Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Donald Trump told state governors on an emergency pandemic conference call.
    Donít be a tough guy. Donít be a fool! I will call you later

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