SEN McConnell (R-KY) claims that the previous administration left no “game plan” for a pandemic response. In actuality, there was a 69 page “playbook” that could have been used for a reference to address the government’s response.
“A current NSC official, whom Politico quoted anonymously, described the 2016 document as “quite dated.”” But why ignore it and not use it as a baseline for an updated response? Because it came form the Obama administration?
And then there is this: “In addition to the playbook, outgoing senior Obama officials also led an in-person pandemic response exercise for senior incoming Trump officials in January 2017 — as required by a new law on improving presidential transitions that Obama signed in 2016. Politico reported this March that the meeting, attended by current Trump Cabinet officials including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, addressed how to deal with a hypothetical flu crisis, among other scenarios.”
Instead of saying President Obama should have “kept his mouth hut”, maybe McConnell should have stopped assisting in trying to erase 8 years of a presidency he disapproved of and recommending using the tools left behind (even a rusty hammer can still pound a nail) and lessons learned from the pandemic response exercise. Mr. Trump has no one to blame but himself for the delayed and anemic response to this pandemic.