The response time discussion is challenging for several reasons. There are some good points from Dr Fauci and Dr Birx when the press pushed the point regarding covid-19 response time. That being said, we do not know how impactful or how well spread covid-19 was back in Jan/Feb within the USA because of virtually no testing capabilities. I'm paraphrasing, but their message was that, if we had little to no infected people a few weeks prior, clamping things down two weeks earlier may not have changed much. Where I find frustration is in the consistent early dismissal of this being a concern by the government. The message being given really felt like the economy takes a large preference over human life. There's a ton more that I could argue just in that point so I'll re-emphasize for now that this is how I felt...which is more opinion than fact.As China's death toll drops below 5% (and eventually 2%??) of worldwide total, any sympathy for China will rapidly turn to blame and hate. I wouldn't be surprised if China dropped quarantine restrictions to get China's overall infections and deaths back up to support their narrative.
Trump's and the Federal Government's response was probably a fine line between protecting the economy and preventing panic. Even a few "minor mistakes" or a few days or 1-2 weeks of delay caused disastrous results. Especially when exponential disease growth takes place.
I respectfully disagree here. I would have been in support and not thought of those actions as racist, alarmist, etc. The challenge is that Trump is a very poor communicator when addressing the nation. He talks a lot and says very little that is concise and factual. If Trump would have conceded sooner and deferred the talking points to experts in their given areas and let them address the situation, things might go better than expected.If Trump closed the borders, grounded airlines, put CDC, FEMA and Homeland Security on hot-standby, imposed Federal business closures and forced social distancing a few weeks earlier he'd be called the biggest racist, alarmist, Anti-Chinese, fascist, idiot, etc, etc, etc in the history of the world. And if COVID-19 turned out to be less dangerous and disastrous then the economic hit from the above closures and shutdowns would be disastrous in and of themselves. And since ALL politicians are "forced" to be more concerned with their own re-election than the health, safety and well-being of their constituents we get Trump's slow response.
I do agree that high level politicians would definitely be more concerned with their next election and polls rather than what's best for the American people. We've seen this time and again and it is not unique to Trump. I do find a more obvious difference in that Trump has more to lose than just his presidency. He has multiple hotels, golf courses, resorts, etc that are greatly impacted by pausing the economy.
I 100% agree that the press affects the way Trump reacts. There is a reason why this has become such a thing to observe. Trump has very little self-awareness and empathy and his charisma ability is negatively biased. He simply cannot ever say sorry for a mistake no matter how simple or inconsequential. He will be the first to blame someone, anyone, for whatever bad situation is happening in this moment. This is a breeding ground for the constant contentious interactions you may observe. Why do you think there is so much constant rhetoric to reference only the most immediate administration? I'm not claiming they were perfect in any way. Can you see how this just becomes fuel to a bitching fest between Trump and the press?There is even a little bit of room to discuss the possibility of the press effecting the way Trump acted or didn't act regarding his COVID-19 response. With Trump constantly being ripped into by the press from day one, Trump's PR advisors probably look at the political implications of all presidential actions more thoroughly before taking quick action. A "maybe this will blow over," or "go away in a week" so lets not take any action we can be blamed or ripped for mind-set takes place.
This isn't a Trump only situation, but can be applied more generally to all politicians and leaders. Before social media a 90% or even 55% correct response would be seen as a "good job" and receive a "pat on the back" for doing a good job. But today a 97% correct response means there was a 3% failure. And that 3% failure is what the press sees and amplifies beyond belief and common sense. So decision making tend to overly consider, "How do we handle the tiny failures that will be blown out of proportion," Vs "How do we do mostly the correct thing."
If you take a few steps back to ask a basic question like...why is the centrist and liberal press/media more unfair or negative with Trump when compared to other presidents? Is it personal? Does the media solely hate him and only him when compared to other presidents for some specific reason? Who actually started this war between Trump and the press? Have you noticed that this criticism doesn't stop at the mainstream press? Why would this extend to so many comedians and late night shows more than in the past? There are even so many more social media folk who cover the mishaps than ever before.
This whole feeling/belief that the media/press is the problem is all a huge distraction technique. The media hasn't transformed overnight from the past administration.
You know I'm not at all a Trump fan and I will also agree with you that even if Trump wasn't here or acted quickly and perfectly, I still believe we would have a pandemic on our hands. However, I do feel if this was almost anyone else leading the country, we may have been able to not have so many controversial issues and the handling may have been better thereby resulting in fewer deaths and reduce economic downturn.I'm not a Trump apologists or believe he did everything/anything right but the perception that we'd only have 27 infections and 4 deaths if Trump just acted correctly and immediately is ridiculous.
Simply for one reason...
Trump makes everything about him and he many times claims he's the smartest, best at understanding, etc. That is not a healthy recipe for team work in any environment. Handling this serious of a situation needs input from many experts and also to rely on them. Seriously. No one person can be an expert in so many of these areas. This is a time for a leader to be humble and listen.