By Sophie O’Hara | February 26, 2020
According to the CDC, the coronavirus is reportedly about to break out in the United States and many officials are warning Americans to brace themselves for what sounds like the next wave of the plague.
Top U.S. public health officials said Tuesday that Americans should prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in communities across the country.
“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,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a media briefing Tuesday. [NBC News]
Now that official who was quoted, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, is pushing a major panic switch on the virus, which will surely cause alarm for many Americans.
But even more interesting is that Dr. Messonnier is of former DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s only sister.
Rod Rosenstein as we all know definitely worked to undermine the Trump administration, which is oddly exactly what his sister is doing by undermining the more logical and calm message the president’s team has issued on the virus.
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said on Tuesday there will likely be more cases of coronavirus in the United States, and he asked a Senate subcommittee to approve $2.5 billion in funding to fight the outbreak after proposing cuts to the department’s budget.
“While the immediate risk to individual members of the American public remains low, there is now community transmission in a number of countries, including outside of Asia, which is deeply concerning,” Azar said, speaking before a Senate appropriations subcommittee. He said recent fast-spreading outbreaks in Iran and Italy were particularly worrying.
“We are working closely with state, local, and private sector partners to prepare for mitigating the virus potential spread in the United States, as we will likely see more cases here,” he said. [CNBC]
Trump’s HHS Secretary Alex Azar took a more measured response in comparison to Dr. Messonnier, who is spreading fear and pandemonium around the virus.
Her message is also similar to #NeverTrumper Mitt Romney, who recently stated that the Trump administration is totally unprepared for a potential coronavirus outbreak.
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“I’m very disappointed in the degree to which we’ve prepared for a pandemic, both in terms of protective equipment and in terms of medical devices that would help people once they are infected,” Romney said, according to The Hill.
“At this stage, I think we are substantially under-investing in what would be appropriate for a setting which could be serious,” the failed 2012 presidential candidate continued.
Romney concluded by saying that he hopes a massive epidemic can be avoided, but added “we don’t know what the future holds.”
“I think we should be pulling out all the stops,” he said.
It’s interesting to see the contrast in statements from those that are clearly aligned with the president to those who are not.
Looks like this is yet another instance of D.C. swamp creatures using any opportunity to undermine President Trump.
This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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