The New York Times has reported that Donald Trump was angry with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar over his department’s initial message about the coronavirus. Trump claimed that Azar’s message “scared people,”
Trump’s issue came from Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning a group of reporters back on Feb. 25 that a “disruption to day-to-day life was imminent.”
“The disruption to everyday life might be severe,” Messonnier said. “Schools might have to close, conferences could be canceled, businesses might make employees work from home.”
Messonnier had added that she had told her own children to prepare for “significant disruption to our lives.”
After hearing Messonnier’s statement, Trump called Azar and shouted at him accusing his department of “scaring people.”
The Times reported that Trump was “alarmed” and questioned if there was any need to be discussing shutting down schools.
The Trump administration continues to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak. Reportedly there is an internal debate within the White House on how exactly to tell Americans the truth.
Several government scientists and leading health experts have raised alarms and are pushing for aggressive action, but Trump and his administration continue to drag their feet.
Many critics believe that Trump is not concerned about alarming Americans but instead is worried about spooking the stock market.
“It’s going to all workout,” Trump stated on Thursday night. “Everybody has to be calm. It’s going to work out.”
Here is where the real danger lies. Azar and his team want to get the facts out there so people can take the proper steps to protect themselves from the virus. Trump, on the other hand, is comfortable saying “it’s going to work out” and spreading falsehoods, like April temperatures will kill the virus and that the virus is a Democratic hoax.
The coronavirus is a dangerous threat to American lives and so is Donald Trump’s failure to properly respond.