A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 167th Unpresidented Week As POTUS

The president who cried "hoax" failed to take the deadliest threat to America in our lifetimes seriously, and we're all suffering the consequences.
President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus update briefing Saturday, April 4, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus update briefing Saturday, April 4, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Trump’s first major typo after winning the election was spelling Unprecedented incorrectly. He infamously tweeted “Unpresidented.” This typo is emblematic of his administration: An impulsive, frantically thrown together group of characters with virtually no oversight. After Trump was sworn in, I started writing the weekly “Unpresidented” column, analyzing every week of his presidency. This is week 167.

Donald Trump spent his entire presidency fear-mongering and exaggerating threats at the southern border, but when the greatest threat to American lives in our lifetime hit our shores, he called fears about it a Democratic “hoax,” ignored warnings, and failed to take adequate action. Now, we’re all suffering the consequences.

South Korea learned of their first case of COVID-19 the same day the US did on January 20. Unlike the Trump Administration, the South Koreans mobilized with mass testing and contact tracing to isolate known cases. They now have just over 10,000  cases and over 180 deaths. The United States now has over 300,000 cases and over 10,000 deaths.

This week, the White House delivered terrifying death projections indicating as many as 100,000-240,000 Americans could die due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump tried to spin this and say that the number is low and due to their “great” response. That’s a lie. This was not inevitable.  This is because of their incompetence and negligence.

As the humanitarian and economic effects of COVID-19 increase, President Trump’s botched response becomes clearer. New reporting this week further highlighted just how terrible the early response from the Trump Administration was.  While China’s unwillingness to hand over a sample of the virus in the early days of the outbreak and their overall secrecy certainly played a role, the Trump Administration had some major failures of their own. The Washington Post‘s reporting revealed the early warnings and budget requests from HHS Secretary Alex Azar in January and February that President Trump ignored. That reporting, along with countless others, further showcases how the CDC’s creation of their own failed testing kits set us back in crucial weeks.

While we failed to widely test in January and February, President Trump was downplaying the threat in order to assuage stock market fears. On January 22, Trump said we have it totally under control. On February 2, Trump said we shut it down from China. On February 26, Trump said 15 cases would go down to zero in a couple of days. On February 28, Trump called fears about COVID-19 a Democratic “hoax.” As recently as last week, Trump said he hopes we’ll be able to crowd churches on Easter.

While this was ongoing, we failed to stockpile critical medical equipment, which President Trump spent this week blaming the states for. Trump attacked the states for not stocking up on PPE before this pandemic while the federal government was entirely unprepared themselves and they were aware of all the intelligence regarding the incoming
threat months ago.

Jared Kushner went as far as to say this: “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states stockpiles that they then use.” HHS then changed the language on their website to reflect Kushner’s statement.

This wasn’t the only effort to take the heat off the Trump Administration’s failed response. This week was full of deflections.  President Trump repeated his claim that he inherited a broken system and that’s why testing was slow. He said he “inherited” broken tests, in spite of the fact COVID-19 was not infecting humans until late 2019, so it would’ve been impossible for President Obama to have had tests for it. For the last time, the CDC refused the testing protocols from the WHO and developed their own unreliable tests they had to fix. That’s why we’re here.

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attempted to blame impeachment for the Trump Administration’s failures. Did the 2020 impeachment trial ripple through time and space to force Trump to disband the NSC pandemics team in 2018? Did impeachment force the CDC to refuse WHO testing protocols? Did impeachment, which ended February 5, make Trump call coronavirus fears a hoax on February 28? No. No, it did not.

In Wednesday’s briefing, the opening statements had no health workers, but Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was there. President Trump used this briefing to talk about the border, cartels, and narcotic operations. Trump was clearly exploiting the ratings of the briefings in order to highlight his Administration’s various initiatives. This is why I began this week’s column referencing the caravan because even amid this pandemic, President Trump still finds time to fear monger about immigrants.

Pundits who chose to praise President Trump’s “new tone” were once again left disappointed, as briefing after briefing unraveled into egomanical ramblings. “Did you know I’m number one on Facebook?” Donald Trump said in one of the briefings after projecting potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths.

In his effort to deflect, President Trump went as far as to call it a false story that he disbanded the NSC team responsible for global pandemics in 2018. John Roberts from Fox News was the one who brought it up. Trump can’t rewrite history and manipulate objective reality with words.

There was another recurring theme this week: President Trump’s touting of the anti-malaria and lupus drug, hydroxychloroquine. While Dr. Anthony Fauci and other scientists have asserted the drug is unproven, this hasn’t stopped President Trump and his surrogates to push this drug based on anecdotal evidence of success.

We need to know if, and how many, people working in the White House have financial ties to the various companies developing medical equipment and drugs to combat COVID-19. If this is the case, it should be publicly disclosed.

With another hard week ahead, let’s dive into the Unpresidented week we left behind.

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Social Distancing Guidelines Extended, State Lockdowns Increase

Day 1,166: Monday, March 30

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question at the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question at the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Monday’s top stories:

A Dire Death Projection

Day 1,167: Tuesday, March 31

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) press briefing Friday, March 20, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) press briefing Friday, March 20, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Tuesday’s top stories:

Trump Refuses To Extend The Obamacare Enrollment Period

Day 1,168: Wednesday, April 1

President Donald J. Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday evening, March 11, 2020, on the country’s expanded response against the global Coronavirus outbreak. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald J. Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday evening, March 11, 2020, on the country’s expanded response against the global Coronavirus outbreak. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Wednesday’s top stories:

The Monumental Million Milestone

Day 1,169: Thursday, April 2

Civil protection volunteers engaged in health checks at the “Milano Malpensa” airport. – Milan, Italy, 5 February 5, 2020 (Dipartimento Protezione Civile/Creative Commons)

Civil protection volunteers engaged in health checks at the “Milano Malpensa” airport. – Milan, Italy, 5 February 5, 2020 (Dipartimento Protezione Civile/Creative Commons)

Thursday’s top stories:

Negligence

Day 1,170: Friday, April 3

President Trump and Vice President Pence, joined by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, meet with representatives from pharmaceutical companies Monday March 2, 2020, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Trump and Vice President Pence, joined by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, meet with representatives from pharmaceutical companies Monday March 2, 2020, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Friday’s top stories:

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