To view the timeline of COVID-19 and federal government response, CLICK HERE.
What’s important to note is just because somebody in the federal government is aware; it doesn’t mean everyone in the federal government is aware.
I used to say that a “thing” must happen to a person on the production line three times before he raises the issue to the supervisor. The supervisor has to hear this three times before he raises it to management. Management will look into it in earnest when it hears about it three times. So the incident happens nine times before management looks into it. Before there is a solution, the “thing” may have occurred 27 times, and the person on the production line thinks management doesn’t care.
So, too, the President of the United States.
It’s important to respond when the person on the production line says, “Hey, something’s wrong here.” Some “things” may occur 27 times before action.
One other point to make, only important sh@t gets to the President. Everything on his/her desk is essential every day. The President must have the ability to correctly and accurately determine what is the MIT (Most Important Task) for the day. If approving Tweets to be sent out under his name is his MIT, his priority is flawed. When the President messes up his priorities, people die, people are hurt, and people suffer.
And all of that is on the President. It comes with the job.
The criticism and the legacy come with the job, too. And every President has deserved his criticism and his legacy. Especially this one.
WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus emerged and headed toward the United States, an extraordinary conversation was hatched among an elite group of infectious disease doctors and medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions around the nation.
Red Dawn — a nod to the 1984 film with Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen — was the nickname for the email chain they built. Different threads in the chain were named Red Dawn Breaking, Red Dawn Rising, Red Dawn Breaking Bad and, as the situation grew more dire, Red Dawn Raging. It was hosted by the chief medical officer at the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Duane C. Caneva, starting in January with a small core of medical experts and friends that gradually grew to dozens.
The link is below. I was particularly struck by this item that occurred in the third week of February:
Dr. Kadlec and other administration officials decided the next day to recommend to Mr. Trump that he publicly support the start of these mitigation efforts, such as school closings. But before they could discuss it with the president, who was returning from India, another official went public with a warning, sending the stock market down sharply and angering Mr. Trump. The meeting to brief him on the recommendation was canceled and it was three weeks before Mr. Trump would reluctantly come around to the need for mitigation.
Read the story. This is more evidence federal agencies are on top of events even if the President and other political appointees are not.