AP’s fact-check shows Democrats lied about Trump administration’s coronavirus readiness

As Rush Limbaugh observed, Democrats have weaponized the coronavirus (Covid-19) in yet another effort to take down President Trump.

But even the Associated Press (AP) says Democrats are distorting the Trump administration’s coronovirus readiness.

From the AP, February 26, 2020:

Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.

He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing instead. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never took effect.

A look at some of the Democrats’ remarks:

MIKE BLOOMBERG: “There’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. And he’s defunded — he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC, so we don’t have the organization we need. This is a very serious thing.” — debate Tuesday night.

JOE BIDEN, comparing the Obama-Biden administration with now: “We increased the budget of the CDC. We increased the NIH budget. … He’s wiped all that out. … He cut the funding for the entire effort.”

THE FACTS: They’re both wrong to say the agencies have seen their money cut. Bloomberg is repeating the false allegation in a new ad that states the U.S. is unprepared for the virus because of “reckless cuts” to the CDC. Trump’s budgets have proposed cuts to public health, only to be overruled by Congress, where there’s strong bipartisan support for agencies such as the CDC and NIH. Instead, financing has increased.

Indeed, the money that government disease detectives first tapped to fight the latest outbreak was a congressional fund created for health emergencies.

Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.

The broader point about there being “nobody here” to coordinate the response sells short what’s in place to handle an outbreak.

The public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation — regardless of who’s president or whether specific instructions are coming from the White House. Those plans were put into place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work for any respiratory-borne disease.

Among the health authorities overseeing the work are Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC’s principal deputy director and a veteran of previous outbreaks, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH’s infectious disease chief who has advised six presidents.

“The CDC’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past,” said John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, which works with government at all levels to improve the nation’s response to high-risk health crises. Some Democrats have charged that Trump decimated the nation’s public health leadership, but Auerbach said CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during the past three years….

The U.S. closed borders to travelers from China to buy time as preparations began but, “classically that’s not the way you address an outbreak,” Fauci told The Associated Press this week. “If you do it for a very limited period of time, temporarily until you can get things in order in your own country, it could have some benefit. But in general, the concept of closing borders, you cannot do that for an extended period of time.”

But with infections now in much of the world, one of the questions for U.S. policymakers is whether it’s time to modify any of those border or travel restrictions.

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG
3 months ago

You could substitute just about any subject for “coronanvirus readiness” in that headline and it’d probably be true, especially with the DNC/media.

William
William
3 months ago
Reply to  DCG

The Party of Death has nothing to offer other than obstruction because OMB. So they seize on any crisis and if one isn’t handy they create one. And if that doesn’t work they create another one. And so on. DJT can only hold them off for so long, then it’s, step right up global citizen and receive your mandatory (corona, H1N1, zika, ad infinitum fill in the blank) vaccine with complimentary designer Mark-o’-The-Beast nanochip. There’s a small co-pay, a mere 5 Rothschilds. Maybe not. Just projecting. Stay in the present moment

William
William
3 months ago

Mini-Mikes ads are intrusive, they’re popping up on my computer. Coronavirus emergency, Trump budget cuts. OMG! Only Mike can handle this emergency, it’s what he does. Besides piling up money. So in a crisis who you gonna call? A sawed-off adenoidal little Talmudist parasite? Not my first choice. But there’s one case here in MA about 15 miles away so I’ve seen people wearing masks. I think I should too as a precaution but all I can find is a Batman mask. Don’t know if that will help but at least it’s cool. No matter what, must be cool

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
3 months ago
Reply to  William

I’ve noticed MOST ads give me the option to view the ad or skip it and go on to the video,but mini-mike’s ads force me to let their drivel run to the end-Another good reason to ignore the little puke. I mute ’em and go top off my coffee…..

William
William
3 months ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

They’re everywhere now and we’ll soon be saturated as things heat up. 60 billion can buy a lot of ads and a lot of “votes”. He’s otherwise unelectable. Imagine MM getting on stage to debate Trump. People would point and laugh

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
3 months ago

Trump, Russia, coronovirus, Ukraine, Stormy, Russia, Russia, Russia, whatever. It’s still all about Orange Man Bad. 4ucking idiots. And dangerous too.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
3 months ago

I’m just surprised the AP put out anything in defense of Trump… apparently two young reporters slipped something by TPTB.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
3 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I guess ya have to figure,when even THEY see,and report,the TRUTH,the Democrat Party is walking on the thinnest ice on the pond,they’ll soon see what THE END looks like…

NJLamer
NJLamer
3 months ago

AP Fact checks on Google. Proves they are LIARS and undeserving of the air they steal from us… The enemy of America is the Media and they should be Punished.

Fuck Trump
Fuck Trump
2 months ago

Stop kissing Trump’s COCK!
TRUMP IS FUCKING IDIOT!

DCG
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DCG
2 months ago
Reply to  Fuck Trump

Normally I wouldn’t let through suck a profane comment.

But this just verifies who some people really are. This shows your level of 1) compassion, 2) concern and care and 3) desire to seek a solution to this pandemic. If you have any facts to contradict the ones presented in this blog post, please share. Otherwise, get off the computer, call your neighbor(s) and family to make sure they are all ok and see if they might need anything.

Comments such as yours do absolutely nothing except contribute to the divide demorats have sought since 11/8/16.