Adam Schiff is really sticking it to Trump Wednesday morning, effectively blaming him for America’s poor response to the coronavirus. Mr. Trump has cut funding to the CDC, effectively stunting the U.S.’s defense against the deadly worldwide epidemic.
Now, Adam Schiff is hitting Trump where it hurts, on Twitter. Check out what Schiff said to Trump this morning:
The Trump Administration has slashed CDC funding and left positions charged with managing pandemics vacant. The budget request for Coronavirus funding shows they still don’t understand the magnitude of the threat. The House will pass a real plan.
The Trump Administration has slashed CDC funding and left positions charged with managing pandemics vacant.
The budget request for Coronavirus funding shows they still don’t understand the magnitude of the threat.
The House will pass a real plan. https://t.co/MCKnGKu6Ee
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 26, 2020
According to The Guardian:
US preparedness to deal with the threat of coronavirus has been hampered by the personnel and budget cuts made by the Trump administration over the past three years, according to health experts.
There is no one in the White House tasked specifically to oversee a coordinated government-wide response in the event of a pandemic, since the post of senior director for global health security and biothreats on the national security council (NSC) was eliminated last May.
The report continues:
The White House global health “czar” was supposed to coordinate international, national, state and local ORGANIZATIONS, public and private, to confront a global epidemic, backed by the direct authority of the president.
After he became national security adviser, John Bolton eliminated the office as part of an NSC reorganisation, as he did not see global health issues as a national security priority.
As the first person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in the US was reported, and as evidence emerges that it could be much more contagious than initially thought, health and disaster planning experts argued for contingency preparations for a global outbreak.
People on Twitter responded to Schiff’s message instantly, and those reactions will get the president’s attention for sure. Check out the top comments left on Schiff’s tweet below: