Category: Politics

Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus

The same week the CDC sent out the email about the job openings, the agency sent Nevada officials alerts about 80 potential coronavirus patients to monitor, documents show. In mid to late February, the CDC was trying to move responsibility for coronavirus testing from itself to state health departments – a critical step, since the CDC does not have the capacity to be the nation’s testing lab. Read More: propublica.org

Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook

It is not clear if the administration’s failure to follow the NSC playbook was the result of an oversight or a deliberate decision to follow a different course. The NSC playbook would have been especially useful in helping to drive the administration’s response to coronavirus, given that it was intended to guide urgent decisions and coordinate the all-of-government approach that Trump so far has struggled to muster, said people familiar with the document. Read More: politico.com

White House abruptly transfers DHS official amid loyalty purge

The transfer represents a fresh blow to Swift’s career aspirations: Several months ago, after serving for a few months in an acting capacity as the top public affairs official at DHS, she angled for that job permanently – only to be disappointed when she was not promoted, according to a Trump administration official. Swift and DHS did not provide a comment for this story, and a White House spokesperson declined to address Swift’s transfer, citing a policy of not commenting on internal personnel matters. Read More: politico.com

Peter Wehner: The Trump Presidency Is Over

The temptation among the president’s critics to use the pandemic to get back at Trump for every bad thing he’s done should be resisted, and schadenfreude is never a good look. We also know the World Health Organization had working tests that the United States refused, and researchers at a project in Seattle tried to conduct early tests for the coronavirus but were prevented from doing so by federal officials. Read More: theatlantic.com