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Shirking responsibility

President Trump, as usual, passes the buck in current crisis

Posted 3/18/20

“The Buck Stops Here,” was the sign that President Harry Truman famously kept on his desk in the Oval Office, as a symbol of the awesome responsibility placed on the shoulders of the …

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Shirking responsibility

President Trump, as usual, passes the buck in current crisis

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“The Buck Stops Here,” was the sign that President Harry Truman famously kept on his desk in the Oval Office, as a symbol of the awesome responsibility placed on the shoulders of the President of the United States. It was a symbol, as well, of an era in the U.S. when people took responsibility for their own actions. Real men, and women, didn’t blame others for their failings or mistakes. That was an America that believed in personal responsibility.
How times have changed, particularly at the White House.
“I don’t take responsibility at all,” which was Trump’s answer to a reporter’s question this past Friday during a White House press briefing, was the perfect encapsulation of Donald Trump’s life and his presidency. It was, oddly enough, one of the few true things uttered by President Trump during that news conference in which he, again, made numerous false statements.
In this instance, Trump was talking about the federal government’s slow response in making testing available for the COVID-19 virus. More than three years into his administration, the president still attempted to blame the lack of test kits on his predecessor.
It was, of course, classic Trump. This is a man born wealthy, who shirked military service during the Vietnam War, repeatedly broke his marriage vows, and cheated countless investors over the years. Trump structured most of his real estate deals to put his investors’ money at risk, while he made his money on exorbitant management and consulting fees even as he declared bankruptcy multiple times. This is the same man who conned thousands of prospective students by pitching worthless degrees from Trump University, who used a so-called charity for his private benefit, and who has been sued thousands of times by contractors who completed work they had promised, only to be stiffed.
While Americans might have hoped Trump could change in the White House, the past three years have demonstrated how truly unfit he remains for his high office.
The seemingly bottomless shirking of responsibility has become a hallmark of the Trump presidency. Anyone with honor or integrity has the shelf life of mayonnaise in the hot sun in the Trump White House, which is why the grown-ups all vacated the place long ago. What is left behind are the loyal incompetents, who are now desperate in their efforts to portray a White House in control of a national health emergency despite all the evidence to the contrary.
The lack of COVID-19 testing in the U.S. isn’t the fault of President Obama, as Trump has tried to suggest. Numerous news accounts have detailed how it was Trump himself who has sought to limit testing out of fear that it could reveal many more cases than the current official estimates. After all, the only health emergency that Trump actually cares about is the health of his re-election effort.
Other countries are testing far more extensively than in the U.S. because their political and public health leaders are eager to understand the extent of their own outbreaks, so they can better address them. Trump, on the other hand, bemoaned having to allow Americans on a cruise ship to disembark on U.S. soil because it would make the official number of confirmed cases rise. As with all things in the Trump White House, the facts don’t matter, only how they can be spun to fit the stage-managed reality TV show that we’re now forced to rely on in a time of crisis.
Trump’s constant distortion of reality is just another example of his chronic shirking of responsibility. And when his falsehoods are called out, the toadies gather round to make excuses, or grab a Sharpie to adjust the weather map to fit the storyline of the moment.
We can forget about “Make America Great Again.” If Trump stood for truth in advertising, “Pass the Buck,” would be the perfect motto of his re-election effort.

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Steve Jacobson

Most of what is said above I would agree with.....yet, he was chosen over Hilary in the last election and as of today has a pretty good chance of beating Biden. So what does this say about our country? Electing Biden would bring this country back to the same-o, same-o politics which is the reason Trump got elected in the first place. Right now Biden's platform is basically the same Democratic platform they have been spinning for a long time. What does America want?

Thursday, March 19
bonfire

Are you actually making a case that trump and staff colossally botching covid-19 response is preferable to Democrats being in power?

Thursday, March 19
Steve Jacobson

No, I say America has made him preferred!

Thursday, March 19
Scott Atwater

Another classic case of a political hack editorial writer getting ahead of the weekly DNC talking points. Ilhan Omar just praised Trump's leadership during this crisis. Commenting on Trump's list of actions and proposals so far, Ilhan Omar said - “Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time”.

Does anyone really believe that Trump is responsible for the offshoring of the majority of our medical supplies? Does anyone really believe that Trump is responsible for the Chinese government's unwillingness to allow health experts into their country to evaluate the virus in it's earliest stages? How about the Chinese government's outright threat to block exports of medical equipment and antibiotics to the US ? Does anyone really believe that Trump should have allowed the purchase of test kits that had a false negative rate of 48% ? Hopefully most are wise to this harmful, self-serving, and oh so predictable rhetoric.

Shame on all of you a-holes that continue to play politics during this time of crisis.

Thursday, March 19
bonfire

So this "America" you speak of, and perhaps you, prefers supporting a president who has massively fouled up a response to Covid-19 pandemic even gutting National Security Council 2018, via John Bolton, that had worked to contain Ebola and made deep cuts to CDC, NIH and WHO. South Korea and US detected first cases of Covid-19 in Jan. South Korea, with 4 known cases, responded swiftly with a meeting on Jan. 27th. One week later SK approved one company's diagnostic test and then another. By the end of Feb, SK had drive thru screening centers and could test thousands of people daily. Seven weeks after the meeting, SK had tested over 290,000 people and identified 8,000 people infected. Trump and White House response is not even close to meeting demand for testing which could result in over 2 million Americans dying from the virus.

Trump can't bully the virus or control the stock market dives or save our small businesses, economy.

SJ, you seem remarkably blase only commenting on same-o, same-o politics. I think most people get that the US and the rest of the world are in a long term, life changing and life threatening catastrophe.

Thursday, March 19
bonfire

SA, CDC and public health laboratory network never intended to provide widespread testing in a pandemic. Getting tests to everyone in pandemic requires commercial testing facilities to come online which is what South Korea did right from the start.

Thursday, March 19
jtormoen

To one writer : Hitler was "preferred".

To another: after several paragraphs of political diatribe, is it proper to then call others names for the same

Thursday, March 19
Steve Jacobson

I guess Trump could responded two months ago "Everyone stay home, we will pay you, we will give you free medical, you don't have to pay back your college or other loans". Maybe that would have sufficed. Oh wait, someone is already promising this. I still wonder who America will choose?

I waited patiently for someone to blame Trump for all of this. Is it Trump's fault that the millennial college students decided that the Covid 19 will not affect them and continued to enjoy spring break? Is it Trump's fault that people from the Twin Cities are now coming up to Virginia to do their grocery shopping because of the panic down there and the shelves are empty?

Thursday, March 19
bonfire

Trump's call with state governors about more help and support, desperately needing medical equipment and supplies, from federal government which is what the federal government is supposed to do in disasters didn't go very well. Trump said the government would front them, no details, but "the respirators, ventilators, all the equipment, they should try getting it yourselves".

11:47 Trump said today that the FDA approved Chloroquine, a malaria drug, for use in Corvid-19.

12:12 FDA says the drug has not been approved for covid-19 use.

Trump announced hospital ships would be deployed to hot virus zones. However, today report Comfort hospital ship won't be able to go to NYC in weeks. The ship is in maintenance. Pentagon now expediting the maintenance. US Mercy is getting maintenance and lacks a medical crew. It could even be months. Gosh, one might think trump always lies, about everything.

Meanwhile, where are the tests every state needs? KSTP, two hours ago, Minnesota now has 89 cases, a little over 3,000 people tested. That's the known cases. We don't know how many more have the virus and where they are. The virus could be northern counties but we can't know that without the damn testing. MN and other states are working hard to contain the virus but we need more tests and testing. Other than our state officials, etc. I don't think I'm the only one that doesn't trust trump's words and that we are mainly on our own.

The coronavirus doesn't care if you still trust and support trump. All of us, our children and grandchildren, are in the same boat.

Thursday, March 19
Snowshoe2

Today Trump said all states are getting the masks they need and tests. Well ask any state like Minnesota they have almost zero. Thanks to like autobody shops donating masks a few are showing up. Same in Michigan etc.

Tests-well in Minnesota 90% of people who should be getting testing are not.

Also Trump sees no reason why nurses just can't clean the old ones and reuse.

Yes called the virus a hoax by democrats and for two months did nothing. Two months we could of had tests for everybody and equipment. Experts say we may have not had to go to the extreme if we would of acted immediatly.

Initial request from Trump was 2.5 billion dollars which Trump thought was more than enough and Republican Senator Mitch wondered why we needed any?

Saturday, March 21
Snowshoe2

Yes safest place to be is like the gifted natural outdoors open spaces around Ely-get outside and enjoy.

Saturday, March 21
Scott Atwater

Stop your lying Snowshoe2, it's counterproductive and serves no purpose at a time like this.

No one in the Trump administration called the virus a "hoax by democrats". As a matter of fact for the first two months that you referred to, the Democrats were too busy with a phony impeachment to pay any attention to the COVID-19 outbreak in China.

Saturday, March 21
jtormoen

I think my delivery of new spark plugs must not have arrived!

Saturday, March 21
bonfire

I feel stressed when I have to go out to get groceries, meds, etc. making sure to wear gloves changing gloves before entering a store, hand sanitizer, soapy wipes and concentrate on wiping down carts, car door handles, etc and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

That is nothing compared to what our health care providers are enduring putting their health and lives on the line. (If you haven't seen photos of their exhaustion and marks on their faces from wearing masks and other gear for 9 hours, go find them.) They are heroes.

It's also everyone else out in the public doing their jobs, store employees, community services providers, government employees. They are at greater risk of getting Covid-19 than those who can stay home. Be kind, respectful to them all.

Tuesday, March 24
Shaking my head.

Thank God we have Trump leading the country right now. Imagine crazy Hillary? Regarding Walz? Please Minnesota, never again elect a school teacher for our highest office. Just stay home and wash your hands a lot.

Wednesday, March 25
Snowshoe2

Trump for a week straight said the virus problem was a hoax repeatly and said it was at the same level the Russian Hoax was. He also said when we had a total of 5 virus cases he had it under control. He said the hype was all a democratic plot.

Yes we had a CDC lab in China to catch diseases like this and work with other countries to develop tests etc.

Yes Trump laid off 700 CDC scientists and lab technicians whose job was to detect and solve these problems.

Yes in December 2019 CIA said a contageous(sp) disease was brewing in China. We better get ready. His response to them was he wanted to tal about Vapor smoking.

Yes the initial 2.6-2.9 billion initial virus bill was moved up to 8.9 billion with protest from republicans.

Yes Trump was warned in 2018 when he abolished the CDC Pandemic team-he got rid of 100% of our first line of defense and out brightest scientists.

Yes he said science plays to much of a role in our government.

Yes he failed us.

Sunday, March 29
Snowshoe2

Thanks to all the Nurses,doctors and others on the frontline.

Sunday, March 29
Steve Jacobson

That must have really felt good!

Monday, March 30
bonfire

576 confirmed cases in MN, 12 in St. Louis Co.

What's your point, Jacobson? You got any skin in the game such as your loved ones and friends yet because it will get real up close and personal for everyone if it hasn't already. You and all of us better damn well be thankful for the healthcare professionals working in unprecedented and terrifying conditions every day and the seasoned experts on viruses and pandemics. Bless the thousands of healthcare professionals volunteering to help. Some airlines are giving free flights to those volunteers going to NYC. Michigan hospital system at breaking point with almost 5,500 cases. Imagine how well our rural and small town hospitals will cope. Go ahead and be a smart ass. Covid 19 doesn't discriminate.

Monday, March 30
Steve Jacobson

You are a d**b a$$! I was responding to the Trump rant!

Chill out !

Monday, March 30
jtormoen

I have studied some ancestry, including looking at much in northern Minnesota. I was not aware that #*&%@ and Dumbass were as common as they seem.

Tuesday, March 31
bonfire

Sure, Jan.

Tuesday, March 31