Donald Trump has been coming across as unfeeling, selfish, and money-hungry in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. The stock market lost over 3,000 points in four consecutive days, which was caused by the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus leaving supply-and-demand channels broken and the world economy suffering. This is caused by the people who self-isolate, become sick, and/or to protect workers from spreading the disease.
The US president built his entire campaign on a good economy and pointed toward the stock market’s dramatic increase to nearly 30,000 for the first time ever. He fired most of the pandemic preparation staff in 2018, and he appeared far from competent to deal with this coming tragedy.
The solutions will cost money. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) just released a bill on Thursday that certainly would put a burr under Trump’s saddle. His 2020 presidential opponent’s bill called for transferring POTUS border wall money into the fund to finance the epidemic. Experts claim that it is not whether the epidemic will come to America but when.
Risk management has always been expensive. Trump’s people wanted to rob the LEIP money fund used to keep low-income people warm in the winter to pay for it. Warren said that $1.25 billion was inadequate.
Warren released a statement about her proposed bill indicating that funds would be required for the health crisis, but clearly she was giving Trump a not-so-subtle hit on his policy she said was “racist and divisive,” according to CNBC:
‘The coronavirus outbreak poses serious health, diplomatic, and economic threats to the United States, and we must be prepared to confront it head-on. Rather than use taxpayer dollars to pay for a monument to hate and division, my bill will help ensure that the federal government has the resources it needs to adequately respond to this emergency.’
Warren’s legislation read:
‘Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any unobligated Federal funds appropriated or otherwise made available to plan, develop or construct a physical barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico shall be immediately transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Agency for International Development for the express purpose of combating coronavirus disease (COVID-19).’
Democratic presidential candidates have been talking seriously about the coronavirus before Trump ever admitted there was a problem. Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed there was a potential community transmission in California. That meant the virus was not passed from anyone directly in a diseased area or from poeple who traveled there.
All of the top 2020 presidential candidates have criticized the White House’s response to the coronavirus. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg also had plans to improve responses to public health crises:
‘Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-NU), has requested $8.5 billion in emergency funding to combat the outbreak.’
Congress appropriated $1.375 billion for the border wall, but Trump diverted billions more to the wall from military accounts, which was not legal. Only the House has the power of the purse.
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