President Donald Trump has pitted economic stability against public safety with his handling of the national health crisis in the United States.
The President's repeated calls to reopen despite the recommendations of health experts have made following safety guidelines—such as wearing facial coverings—a political and potentially divisive act, all for the sake of reviving the Obama-era economic stability he touted as reason for his reelection.
That division is even setting in among his own staff, most recently with a squabble between Trump's economic advisor Peter Navarro and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar.
The tiff started when Navarro blamed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] for its bungled rollout of the first tests for the virus delivered to research labs.
Navarro admits this morning that the CDC under Trump, Pence, and Azar’s leadership miserably failed to develop a co… https://t.co/8DTykI3Mxz— Mike Gwin (@Mike Gwin) 1589724820.0
"Early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing, because not only did they keep the testing within the bureaucracy, they had a bad test. And that did set us back.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar was none too happy with Navarro's remarks, and responded to them a day later.
HHS Secretary Azar says Peter Navarro's comments were "inaccurate and inappropriate." https://t.co/AKBJ741o7z— TPM Livewire (@TPM Livewire) 1589821174.0
"The comments regarding CDC are inaccurate and inappropriate. The CDC had one error which was in scaling up the manufacturing of the tests that they had developed...That was never going to be the backbone of testing in the U.S."
He went on to stress the need for private sector pharmaceutical companies to distribute and finesse the tests.
In a time where a unified response is vital, people weren't encouraged by the public infighting of Trump's officials.
Just to be clear, Navarro blames the doctors and Azar blames the patients. The White House is an asylum. #COVID19 #coronavirus— Michael Markowitz (@Michael Markowitz) 1589836363.0
@NPR So, Azar tries to blame WHO and Navarro blames CDC for deaths that were caused and are being caused by their D… https://t.co/jA3Hszzg3E— Patrice (@Patrice) 1589836220.0
Navarro said yesterday that the Trump administration "let the country down" on testing. This administration can't… https://t.co/XpCOzY4peA— Mike Gwin (@Mike Gwin) 1589818341.0
They don't know what they're doing https://t.co/K2g9s1JWXh— Jason (@Jason) 1589816420.0
In-fighting in the midst of a pandemic https://t.co/moUAtmwXUQ— jeanne fisher (@jeanne fisher) 1589819235.0
The discord is reflective of the Trump administration's overall atmosphere.
@atrupar This administration is a never ending dumpster fire. https://t.co/6q5i903U5K— Jo (@Jo) 1589816601.0
@atrupar The Trump administration is the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang of finely tuned machines.— Francis Bacon (@Francis Bacon) 1589816468.0
@atrupar In TrumpWorld, they eat their own.— Hispanic Citizen (@Hispanic Citizen) 1589819201.0
For more information on the Trump administration's ineptitude, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.