Trump Turns a Blind Eye as COVID-19 Cases Reach Record Highs Thanks to His Failed Response

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to spike dramatically in more than 20 states across the country, and with America marking grim record highs of new infections, Donald Trump continues to shrug off the crisis — and even doubled down repeatedly last week on his orders to slow down testing.

Trump is so unconcerned with the virus ravaging our country that he even went to the Supreme Court last week to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit that would kick 23 million Americans off their health care and strip away protections for pre-existing conditions for tens of millions more.

From the very beginning of this crisis, Trump ignored warnings from Vice President Biden, the intelligence community, and public health experts about the severity of the threat posed by COVID-19. Now even as cases surge across the country, Trump is still trying to ignore away a virus that is still threatening the lives and jobs of Americans.

And instead of doing the work we need to get COVID-19 under control so that we can save lives and get Americans back to work, Trump is busy prematurely spiking the football, even absurdly claiming earlier this month that “we’ve made every decision correctly” and that “now the trajectory is great.”

Here’s what they’re saying about Trump’s failure to lead as cases surge:

Washington Post: With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections

Five months after the novel coronavirus was first detected in the United States, a record surge in new cases is the clearest sign yet of the country’s historic failure to control the virus — exposing a crisis in governance extending from the Oval Office to state capitals to city councils.

President Trump — who has repeatedly downplayed the virus, sidelined experts and misled Americans about its dangers and potential cures — now finds his presidency wracked by an inability to shepherd the country through its worst public health calamity in a century. The dysfunction that has long characterized Trump’s White House has been particularly ill-suited for a viral outbreak that requires precision, focus and steady leadership, according to public health experts, administration officials and lawmakers from both parties.

Now, covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is advancing at an accelerated pace in the United States, even as other countries reopen their economies after getting their outbreaks under control.

Bloomberg: Trump Ignores Virus Spike as U.S. Cases Surge to Record Level

President Donald Trump has paid little heed to a resurgence in U.S. coronavirus cases — which on Thursday hit a record level — announcing no new steps to curb the outbreak and continuing with a normal schedule of meetings and travel as hospitals fill with sick patients.

Trump hasn’t asked Americans to change their daily routines, and top administration officials say there will be no repeat of the lockdowns that collapsed the U.S. economy in March. When Trump travels or stands close to other officials, he doesn’t wear a mask, a precaution urged by health officials.

State health departments reported more than 37,000 new cases on Thursday, led by Florida, Texas, California and Arizona, surpassing the 36,188 peak from April 24.

Los Angeles Times: New coronavirus spike alarms Republicans, but not Trump

The final Thursday in June saw jobless claims top 1 million for a 14th straight week and a frightening spike in coronavirus infections across the Sun Belt, compelling a growing number of Republican governors and members of Congress to issue urgent public health warnings.

President Trump called it a success story.

On another record day of new coronavirus cases — at least 40,184 — he tweeted that the resurgence of the virus is the result of “GREAT TESTING,” not of a contagion that appears to be spreading fastest in states that rushed to ease lockdown orders.

POLITICO: Trump sidesteps grim coronavirus surge to sell a happier message

Top political officials in Florida, Arizona, Texas and numerous other states are grappling with a rapid surge in coronavirus cases, facing the threat of an out-of-control outbreak that washes over their citizens and overwhelms their health care systems.

Top political officials in the White House say it’s business as usual from their perspective.

President Donald Trump and his top aides sought Thursday to minimize the threat of the coronavirus to the public’s health and the U.S. economy despite alarms blaring across two dozen states — including many overseen by Trump-friendly leaders.

NBC News: Trump says the coronavirus is ‘going away.’ His own task force disagrees.

President Donald Trump keeps spinning a tale about COVID-19 that is at odds with his own administration’s disease experts and data compiled by his own coronavirus task force, which was obtained exclusively by NBC News.

In Trump’s telling, the deadly pandemic isn’t really a serious threat to the public and rising infection rates are simply due to increased testing. “It’s going away,” he said Tuesday at an event in Phoenix.

But on the same day, the coronavirus task force produced an internal document showing that Phoenix had the highest number of new cases among the 10 metropolitan regions where the week-over-week change in infection rates spiked the most. Arizona’s biggest city had recorded 13,169 new cases over the previous seven days, accounting for a jump of 149.2 percent over the previous week’s infection rate.

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