The White House Knew

Just a quick note about the current pandemic. The White House knew that these things could happen and how bad they could be. Don’t let others tell you otherwise…

From ABC News, 2016:

In the coming days, Trump, along with his top advisers, will begin much more in-depth daily intelligence briefings, along with regular meetings on major diplomatic and international issues. It’s also expected that the White House and Trump’s national security team will conduct a “black swan exercise” in the coming months to simulate what it would be like to manage a major crisis in real time.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-white-house-transition/story?id=43390484

From Foreign Policy Magazine, 2018:

In January 2017, while one of us was serving as a homeland security advisor to outgoing President Barack Obama, a deadly pandemic was among the scenarios that the outgoing and incoming U.S. Cabinet officials discussed in a daylong exercise that focused on honing interagency coordination and rapid federal response to potential crises. The exercise is an important element of the preparations during transitions between administrations, and it seemed things were off to a good start with a commitment to continuity and a focus on biodefense, preparedness, and the Global Health Security Agenda—an initiative begun by the Obama administration to help build health security capacity in the most critically at-risk countries around the world and to prevent the spread of infectious disease. But that commitment was short-lived.

The prevailing laissez-faire attitude toward funding pandemic preparedness within President Donald Trump’s White House is creating new vulnerabilities in the health infrastructure of the United States and leaving the world with critical gaps to contend with when the next global outbreak of infectious disease hits.
The investments made after the 2014 Ebola crisis have been slashed in recent proposed federal budgets from the Centers for Disease Control, the agency that works to stop deadly diseases in their tracks, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which responds to international disasters, including the Ebola outbreak. Moreover, Timothy Ziemer, the top White House official in charge of pandemic preparedness, has left his job, and the biosecurity office he ran was summarily disbanded.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/09/28/the-next-pandemic-will-be-arriving-shortly-global-health-infectious-avian-flu-ebola-zoonotic-diseases-trump/

From Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, 2017:

To serve as baseline information for the incoming new Administration and Congress, the scholars at the Center for Health Security wrote a series of commentaries providing facts and assessments of what has been accomplished in key areas of health security and what needs to be done now. They highlighted some ambitious goals that could, if embraced by the new Administration, significantly advance our national ability to save lives, economies, and societies when faced with serious health security threats. Some of these goals have been aspired to for a long time, but there has not been the kind of national commitment to fully achieve them.

http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/who-we-are/annual_report/pdfs/2017-CHS-annual-report.pdf

Those are all articles written before 2019. I wanted to find articles from then that should have warned us about today. And here we are. Stay safe.

  One thought on “The White House Knew

  1. wzrd1
    March 22, 2020 at 00:52

    Today, Delaware County, PA sent a message to the alert mailing list about “DCED Life Sustaining Business FAQs”. Fourteen minutes later, the following was sent via the same mailing list.

    This message is from DELCO ALERT

    Due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order and the Secretary of Health’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Per Governor Wolf’s and Dr. Levine’s orders, businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19, at 8:00 PM. This order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23, at 8:00 AM.

    Waiver FAQ’s and instructions can be found here:

    https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/pdfs/03.21.2020%20DCED%20COVID%20Life%20Sustaining%20Business%20FAQs.pdf

    More information here:

    https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-secretary-levine-provide-updated-guidance-stress-need-for-compliance-as-cases-rise/

    Sincerely,

    Adrienne Marofsky

    Public Relations Director for Delaware County

    Visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612334#/signup to change your alert subscriptions. Email Joseph Brennan @ brennanj@co.delaware.pa.us for support.”

    So, all of the snowflakes in business have clogged the lines seeking exceptions to the policy, resulting in non-implementation of said public health business closures.

    I’ve also heard something to the effect that a specific group of physicians were exempted from quarantine by their hospital. That’d be akin to placing Typhoid Mary in charge of the NICU!
    I’ll be trying to run that one to ground tomorrow.

    American exceptionalism, the surest path to extinction possible.

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