Washington, DC — As the threat of a potential coronavirus pandemic becomes a reality America cannot ignore, it’s clear the president and his administration have no clear strategy to contain its spread. While the president continues to praise his own coronavirus response, claiming – without evidence – that the virus is “very much under control” both the CDC and FDA sounded alarms to the contrary, issuing stern warnings that the threat of a possible pandemic is inevitable.” In response to President Trump’s dismal failure to present a clear a strategy to address the threat of coronavirus, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach, who coordinated the Ebola response within HHS under President Obama, issued the following statement: 

“As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the Trump administration’s failure to prepare for a potential outbreak in the United States has left Americans vulnerable. Americans deserve clarity and direction from their leaders during a potential crisis of this magnitude, instead of the chaos and incompetence that reign supreme in this administration. From a disastrous health care agenda that includes billions of dollars in cuts to the CDC and NIH budgets, leaving strategic positions unfilled, and the fountain of disinformation coming from Trump himself, this president has left the country woefully unprepared for an outbreak of coronavirus. The president should spend less time casting blame and pointing fingers and instead take ownership and responsibility, starting by working with Congress to support robust emergency spending to properly address the threat and spread of coronavirus.”