With the threat of a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. heightening every day, President Donald Trump recently held a press conference to let Americans know where his administration stands on the problem.
On Wednesday, Breitbart reported that Trump had just appointed Vice President Mike Pence to head up the government’s response to COVID-19, the official name for the coronavirus disease that has ravaged China and other nations across the world in recent weeks.
Plenty of experience
Democrats weren’t happy with this appointment, but as Trump said during his press conference, Pence is more than qualified.
When the MERS outbreak was first reported in the United States, it happened in Indiana — where Pence was governor at the time, according to the IndyStar.
“Mike will be working with the professionals and doctors and everyone else working, the team is brilliant,” Trump said of Pence’s appointment during a press conference on Wednesday, according to Breitbart. “Mike is going to be in charge and Mike will report back to me, but he has a certain talent for this.”
During the same press conference, Trump announced that he had asked Congress for $2.5 billion to respond to a potential outbreak, though it looked as if Congress was going to give him far more than he asked for.
Not working alone
For his part, Pence will be far from alone at the top of his power structure within the coronavirus task force. On Thursday, Politico reported that Pence had appointed Ambassador Debbie Birx as his “White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.”
Her appointment will undoubtedly be portrayed as a response to calls from Dems some sort of health czar to lead this charge. Birx is the leader within our own government for the fight against HIV/AIDS, so she brings some rather significant experience to the table.
“She will do just wonderful work helping us with the — with just the internal processes, so that would be wonderful,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said of Birx.
Of course, as all this is playing out, Democrats seem to want to politicize the crisis rather than manage it. Both Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) have attacked Trump on his response, yet neither of them proposed any type of funding package prior to the administration asking for $2.5 billion.
Honestly, it is as though they are hoping we have a pandemic event here in the States just so they can point a finger at Trump and try to influence the election.
Thus far, cases have been limited here, but this could turn into a pandemic situation at any moment — a situation that President Trump says the government is ready for, if it happens.