Since the last week of February, I have watched TV news reports and listened to radio news reports regarding the current administration’s and the President’s response, as well as medical disease and disaster experts, concerning the coronavirus situation. My perception is the President has down played the potential seriousness of the situation and has made statements to the effect he is smarter than the medical experts about the coronavirus. Additionally, the President has appointed Vice-President Pence to clear any statement from the executive branch (including the Center for Disease Control) regarding the coronavirus situation. That I perceive is a filter to attempt to make such communications administration friendly as opposed to transparent (and maybe even accurate).
It has been reported some government officials/employees, including those in the CDC, have been reluctant to speak about the coronavirus situation because their statements would conflict with or contradict statements from the President, and the individuals do not want themselves or their organization to incur his wrath and retribution.
My perception is the President’s primary interest is in managing the coronavirus situation so that it does not negatively impact his re-election campaign and not what may be best for keeping the public informed or effectively managing a response to the situation.
I see the President as more concerned about his re-election than he is about my children’s health, my grandchildren’s health, my neighbor’s health, your health, your parent’s and grandparent’s health, your children’s and grandchildren’s health or your neighbor’s health. I, for one, do not want that type of person to reside in the White House past January, 2021. If you do, I would ask WHY?