Trump put Mike Pence at the head of the administration's coronavirus response last night, defying calls to appoint an outside expert
In naming Pence, Trump defied calls to appoint an outside expert to coordinate the response.WhatsApp President Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead a task force to combat the spread of the coronavirus, defying calls to appoint an outside expert to coordinate the response. Speaking during a rare appearance in the White House briefing room, Trump said Pence's experience handling health crises as Indiana governor qualified him to spearhead the growing threat of a global coronavirus outbreak. The move came as the Centers for Disease Control confirmed a coronavirus infection in California that was not linked to overseas travel, a concerning development that brought the total number of U.S. infections to 15. Advertisement The White House had been weighing the appointment of a coronavirus czar in the lead up of the announcement as it faced criticism over its inconsistent messaging during the emerging crisis. Still, Trump said Pence would not be a “czar” because “he is a part of the administration.” Instead, he will apparently oversee the task force currently managing Trump's response to the virus. Trump praised Pence's handling of health crises during his time as Indiana governor. "Look at the Indiana model, they have been very successful there,” Trump said. The White House is “using Mike because he’s very good at doing what he does," he added. At the press conference, the vice president talked about his experiencing handling the first case of MERS, a viral respiratory illness, when it emerged in Indiana in 2014. Pence said he would be working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, State Department and White House advisers to combat coronavirus. Pence added that he would continue coordinating with state and local officials to curb the spread of the virus. "I know full well the importance of presidential leadership, the importance of administration leadership and the vital role of partnerships of state and local governments and health authorities in responding to the potential threat of dangerous infectious diseases," Pence said. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was previously leading the administration's coronavirus response. Trump said later during the news conference that he wanted Azar to focus on other items on his agenda, including lowering drug prices and running the department. But Azar noted that he was still chair of the government task force coordinating the coronavirus response, indicating Pence would play a supervisory role. Health experts are likely to quibble Trump's assessment of Pence's record as governor overseeing health epidemics. While Pence was governor of Indiana, the state’s Scott County experienced the largest HIV outbreak that Indiana had seen in decades — an outbreak public health experts said was preventable. Nearly 200 people using opioids got sick after people contracted the virus by sharing dirty needles. Pence eventually lifted a ban on sterile needle exchange programs in the state at public health advocates’ urging. More broadly, Trump boasted about the country's ability to fend off the coronavirus. He cited Johns Hopkins University rankings showing the United States was among the most thoroughly prepared countries to handle a viral outbreak. And he tried to allay concerns by arguing the flu has had a significantly higher impact on U.S. public health this year. The White House's messaging of all things being under control has clashed with more wary warnings from elsewhere in the federal government. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Tuesday that a widespread outbreak in the United States was an inevitability — remarks that outraged Trump. More than 50 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the United States, many of whom were returning to the country after being quarantined on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. Trump said of the 15 people currently infected, eight have left the hospital and five others have fully recovered. He did not address the California case, which may be the first U.S. coronavirus infection without a known link to travel abroad. Trump lauded efforts by his administration to contain the spread of the disease, including barring entry to foreign citizens coming from China, and vowed a vaccine was being developed. "Because of all we've done, the risk to the American people remains very low," Trump said. Trump said there were no plans to lift travel restrictions from China. "That's what saved us," he said. Other countries have also reported more cases of the disease, including one in Brazil and several in the Lombardy region of Italy. France announced the first death of one of its citizens Wednesday, in addition to a Chinese citizen who had died in a Parisian hospital. Cases in South Korea have grown to more than 1,200. When asked if he would impose travel restrictions on South Korea and Italy, Trump said he was not the president of those countries and was not responsible for their response. He did however admit travel restrictions were not off the table. Trump also did not directly rule out quarantining cities if the outbreak were to drastically advance, similar to the quarantine imposed on Wuhan, China, where the outbreak started. “I think every aspect of our society should be prepared,” Trump said. “I don’t think it’s going to come to that. … The words are, 'Just in case.'” Sarah Owermohle contributed to this report. Filed Under: Read more: POLITICO
DedododoDedadada !! Bahahaha ! Misspelled 'any expert, or literally anyone even vaguely qualified or knowledgeable, whatsoever' there. Pence is not an expert! Talk about fake!! Trump lies! rolandsmartin 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂we are doomed rolandsmartin Trump didn't want an expert. He wanted someone with zero independence who would do & say what he was told to.
Don’t worry, he’ll pray very hard that it doesn’t harm anyone that his faith feels is important. 😒 Why have a doctor or scientist in charge when Plastic Mike is available? hollyrpeete VP POUNCE is a expert, in not getting it done. Remember how HIV went out of control when he was Governor of Indiana Trump also made him a map 😖😂
He'll pray it away. Testing the VP management skills. At least we know he can pray.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Taps Pence to Lead Virus ResponsePeople with potential exposure are in quarantine around the world — including 83 in Nassau County, N.Y. The number of new infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time. Breaking News: Mike Pence determines coronavirus is the beginning of the rapture. Hanging Mike Pence out to dry...…... Ivanka on the ticket ….. Welp, it's been fun y'all.
He will pray it away OMG! It appears regardless of good accurate information and suggestions Trump goes the opposite way. Pence is the last person who should be in charge of spearheading the Coronavirus. He doesn’t believe in scientific evidence & while Gov Indiana exacerbated spread of HIV virus.. The experts are already in place in America=more fake news from the media once again?
Frieda89869029 Also makes him the scapegoat when things go wrong. All Pence did was get up there and lavish praise on his boss that’s all he ever does. Hey mike, could you have kissed his ass any harder. Your knees must hurt by now. Gotta keep that corruption in house. We all know that's all trump cares about...getting away with whatever the fuck he wants, zero consequences.
How about someone with a medical, infectious disease background in charge? Even the Surgeon General (an anesthesiologist - but at least he has a MPH)? In normal times, it would be the Surgeon General speaking about the situation. realDonaldTrump GOP DNC coronavirususa he will let people die this time too.
Great, no science background, plan; thoughts and prayers people, thoughts and prayers.
Trump turns to Pence to calm fears over coronavirus, but leaves many questions unansweredPresident Trump announced that he was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the U.S. response to coronavirus. 👉👉👉👉Court hands Trump win in sanctuary city fight, says administration can deny grant money FoxNews The impeached Trump finds out he is an empty suit that no one believes. Like Hannity says, he could cure Cancer and you folks would fine the black lining around the silver cloud
Pence is about as useless as an eraser on a pen’s head! Mike will do a great job, good pick. I remember when the people of Indiana wanted VP Mike Pence gone because he screwed up Indiana. Then the same dumbasses voted for him to come screw up the country. He will do nothing....on purpose. TrueFactsStated How about just an expert?
Only Certified Loyal Trump Minions need apply. Medical knowledge? Who NEEDS it when they'll do ANYTHING for their Mad King Trump. Trump vs Nature. Interesting. In what world is it ok to shun experts and go with a guy who has proven he will make it worse? Welcome to hell. Trumps Enemies Found Trumps Weak Link! See how Trumps Military Fights against the Corona Virus Pandemic?
IMPOTUS is setting Mikey up to fail, so he can replace his VP with Nicky or Tulsi.
Trump picks Pence to lead coronavirus response, critics point out his handling of HIV outbreakCritics have faulted Pence for what they call his slow and inadequate response to the nation's first HIV outbreak linked to the injection of oral painkillers in 2015. Zero sensationalism and 100% Facts, we are covering Coronavirus and this where you get all facts and no fluff. CoronaVirusUpdates CoronavirusOutbreak The one he CAUSED by eliminating needle exchanges and health programs? This is what happens when the news doesn’t cover flyover country, by the way. This is why so many of y’all don’t realize Pence is as bad as he is. Yeah, this is the money shot - Mike gets fingered for coronavirus fail.
Trump can’t have outsiders because he can’t control them We are doomed The wrong man on the wrong place... Just to coordinate the Corona virus. He will make a bigger mess out of it, and then help it cover up or Trump will call this virus a Democratic Hoax. Both options are pure evil. No thank you, I told with pleasure the truth.
Always the negative Americans don’t trust Trump to protect Americans interests over his. Trump is just awful. He’s the worst person to be President during a public health crisis. TrumpIsANationalSecurityThreat TrumpLies coronavirususa Pencedemic GOPComplicitTraitors DeanLeh 😑 Pray the coronavirus away, that’s all we can do
More failure by an inept admin to put a serious expert in charge...Smoke and mirrors will not address the big question of transmission surrounding Coronavirus... Erniedougls1 Welcome to the idiocracy
Trump Puts Vice President Mike Pence In Charge Of Coronavirus ResponseI’m a San Francisco-based reporter covering breaking news at Forbes. Previously, I’ve reported for USA Today, Business Insider, The San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Inside. I studied journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and was an editor at The Daily Orange, the university’s independent student newspaper. Follow me on Twitter rachsandl or shoot me an email rsandlerforbes.com. Yes let’s use electric shock therapy on the virus right Mike? ⚡️ We fucked Finna solve it with the power of Christ or some shit
Trump on cue is taking no responsibility & made Pence the fall guy. ANY expert!!!! Not just outside. Obviously Wall Street was not happy. Dow was tanking after hours as Trump was talking. Adding a little faith healing for men only Yall dont never see no one with no 'Budwiser Virus' so how did Obama get the Chinamen making Mexican beer into a bioweapon?
I have confidence in Pence. All this second guessing is not helping the situation. So glad a person who shuns science in favour of faith has been put in charge of this. Pence is there because trump can control (lie) the narrative. Oh great. A man who denies science and has absolutely no medical or health training at all. Of course it makes sense he has yet to name anyone qualified for any position. Ivanka DeVos Carson kushner etc etc
Trump puts Mike Pence in charge of response to coronavirus, says US risk 'remains very low'President Trump says that the risk to the American people from the deadly coronavirus “remains very low.” “We’re ready to adapt and we’re ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads.” About to become high Why? And what does the CDC say?
You don't need to be a doctor to manage a project. You need to be a leader who can motivate people into action. Trump appointed the right man for the job. God help us all. Someone he can control to spin the news his way Could he at least have picked a doctor? He can't trust outside help they lie to the American people.
Moscow_a_Lago Pense is a sure failure and a natural fall-guy for trump. Awesome, a denier of basic sciencentific principles, this ought to go well... What's his plan? Coast-to-coast prayer breakfasts?
Trump Appoints Pence To Lead Government's Coronavirus ResponsePresident Trump has appointed Vice President Mike Pence to coordinate the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak. The president said his administration has asked Congress for $2.5 billion in funding. What if he needs research from a female scientist? in this photo it looks like trump may have had a stroke Does he have any experiences or successes that prepare him for such a task?
TRUMP is running scared! I've said it before... This is like getting your car mechanic to do do your brain surgery . No surprise It’s easy to be the “expert” in a room with Trump. He probably looked around at Mike, Jared, Bill and Mick and just enni-miny-moe’d it. Ready to throw Mikey under the bus. We're So Screwed..
I wouldn't trust him as the point person at the Sundae Station of a 7 y.o.'s Birthday Party! He's an idiot - science denier. This administration is trying to get us all killed! Hey, why should Trump go outside his circle of sycophants to tell him bad news when he can appoint those who will only tell him what will make him happy? Sharp as a marble that one is!
We're doomed. “Jesus take the wheel.” Loyalty to himself is all that matters. Thoughts and prayers His circle is collapsing 'Flu Guru' CNN are trying to stoke fear into the American people Loyalty over knowledge. That should go well. No science, everyone pray.
What a joke, he wanted to just pray to end hiv Great choice. A man whom disregards science and believes thoughts and prayers solve problems. trump MikePence coronavirususa Scary That’s what one does when one doesn’t actually two shits about protecting people... just protecting one’s self image by putting in someone to control what info gets out.
oh look! an albatross... Because absolutely everything with Trump is political. I really thought he’d appoint Ben Carson lol Mike Pence, the ‘Colt Severs’ of the Wu Flu-FallGuy Let Fredo do the job. Mike Pence is a child of the Devil. The virus will take him down first and then Trump.
These words will surely haunt him. So he can control the messaging. We used to make masks in the US but now China has all the raw materials and equipment to make them. Our lawmakers thought that was a great idea! Is he going to pray it away? Pence doesn't know how to deal with HIV outbreak how can he deal with a pandemic? 🤷♀️ allgonnadie
what could possibly go wrong? The President or in this case the Vice President was elected to make these types of decisions China wanted our borders open, Trump immediately closed them Pence will continue the administration's work with the CDC to prevent, manage and hopefully soon eradicate this threat
Non-zero chance he blames coronavirus on the gays. SERIOUSLY?
An outside expert might hear a phone call and testify. I mean California is sold out of surgical masks and they are being sold for $100 a box on eBay so he's doing great so far. Better than this.. We're all going to die.⚰