When Trump first spoke to the American people about the coronavirus, he told many lies, the biggest of which is that his administration was prepared. The truth is that they have done nothing. Every positive action was taken by state governors. In my state of Nevada, and our neighboring state of California, steps were taken immediately to slow our halt the spread of the pandemic. The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, also took actions immediately to slow the spread of the virus.
One of Trump’s promises was that he would immediately implement the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law that allows the federal government to force American companies to ensure the availability of crucial equipment. This would include everything from masks to ventilators. He has not placed it into effect, and it is doubtful he ever will.
Trump is the rich man’s president, and every member of his cabinet or White House advisory staff is a millionaire or a billionaire.
Donny Boy and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner have a lot in common. They have failed miserably at everything they attempted, and both needed bailouts to save their finances from foreign nations. The truly scary part is that Kushner is the only person in the White House Trump listens to.
This is his excuse for putting millions of American lives in danger.
“The fact that I signed it, it’s in effect,” he said. “But you know, we’re a country not based on nationalizing our business. Call a person over in Venezuela, ask them how did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.”
The truth is that the companies who manufacture medical supplies lobbied Kushner. Their concern? You guessed it; profits. They could not ‘gouge’ hospitals and other medical facilities in need. Trump is lying that this would be “nationalizing private business.” It would be a temporary order requiring specific companies to come to the aid of their nation in a time of crisis.
Medical professionals are desperate, and once again Trump is doing nothing as he places profits before people.
“Right now, shortages of critical medical and personal protective equipment are harming our ability to fight the coronavirus epidemic, endangering frontline workers and making it harder to care for those who fall ill,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “The President must immediately use the powers of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more dire. There is not a day to lose.”
Trump doesn’t care. The only thing he ever talks about is the economy. He fails to understand that he has a responsibility to place the welfare of all 330 million Americans in priority number one. He is not an American president.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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