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Did Biden Sleep Through Trump's COVID Responses?

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By Monday, 28 September 2020 11:26 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Presidential candidate Biden has made his campaign about President Trump's "mismanagement" of the coronavirus pandemic which he claims has directly resulted in millions of unnecessary deaths.

During a September 21 campaign speech in Philadelphia, Biden gaffed that "If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be — it's estimated that 200 million people have died, probably by the time I finish this talk."

The Census Bureau reports that the U.S. population is about 331 million, meaning that a 200 million death count would represent nearly two-thirds of the population.

The former vice president obviously hasn't been paying attention to events outside his basement bunker in ripping President Trump's COVID-19 response as a "life and death betrayal of the American people" as he did on September 9th while speaking to a sparse group of United Auto Workers in a Warren, Michigan, parking lot.

Worse, Biden accused Trump of "failing to do his job on purpose," saying he "knowingly and willingly lied" as the virus "ripped through our nation."

Biden's recent blast was based upon so-called "revelations" in a new Bob Woodward book "Rage" claiming that very early-on, Trump had intentionally minimized dangers the virus represented.

The fact that the president admittedly wanted to avoid national panic was hardly news to anyone who has been following Trump's public statements from the earliest get-go on the matter.

Nor should there be any possible dispute that the president took risks of those deadly dangers seriously enough to take very bold and timely responsive actions that directly contradict Biden's delusional "me too" representations of key issues and events.

Travel Bans on China and Europe:

During a January 31 Iowa campaign event, incidentally on the same day the Senate voted on the production of additional documents in President Trump's impeachment circus, Biden criticized the China travel ban, stating, "This is no time for Donald Trump's record of hysteria and xenophobia."

Then on April 3, Biden's deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfeld told CNN, that "Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy … Science supported this ban, therefore he did, too."

But wait a moment.

Let's first roll back the clock to January 14 to reexamine that science when the distinguished World Health Organization (WHO) declared that "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China."

Then, after the first U.S. case was confirmed on January 22, and second two days later, the CDC, another distinguished scientific organization had stated that "based on what we know right now, the immediate risk to America remains low."

Extremely fortunately a month earlier, on January 31 — the day after the CDC publicly confirmed person-to-person virus spread for the first time — Trump had already overruled those "scientists" and enacted a travel ban on China to slow down the spread.

On March 12, the day after the WHO finally declared coronavirus a worldwide pandemic, President Trump imposed travel restrictions on Europe. Biden had criticized that decision also.

Establishment of National Coronavirus Task Force:

On March 31, Biden said, "Who's in charge, this is not rocket science; it is consequential, incredibly consequential that there is certain things that can be done now – should have been done a week ago, three weeks ago, a month ago. The test for me is what does he do from this point on and he has significant responsibility – put somebody in charge. This is a war – you need a general. Put somebody in charge every single day that is accountable. Let people know exactly what is happening. Tell them the truth, they can handle it."

It wasn't until February 26 that the first case of suspected local transmission in the United States was announced by the CDC. On that very day – a month before Biden called for "putting somebody in charge" – Trump had already appointed Vice President Pence to head a White House Coronavirus Task Force. The next day, Pence named Dr. Deborah Birx to serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.

Washington and State Government Cooperation:

Biden called for "cooperation" between federal and state governments to address the pandemic, suggesting that this hadn't occurred.

On March 27, while talking on CNN about how Trump is supposed to be working with governors, Biden said, "I mean, this is — there's supposed to be cooperation here. I mean, this has nothing to do with politics. And it really — it really doesn't. It really doesn't."

On March 15, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "I often tell you when I am unhappy with the federal response to this state. The fairness dictates that kudos where kudos are due, and here the president and the vice president responded very quickly. So I want to thank them for that."

On March 19, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said, "I want to compliment the president in his focus on treatments. … I was talking to the vice president and the president today, thanking them for the first national stockpile transfer of assets that we just received, where we received quite literally, hundreds of thousands of gloves and face masks. Not just N95, but also surgical masks."

On March 24, New Jersey Democrat Governor Phil Murphy said, "I want to thank the president and his administration. We need hospital beds. So, we've got four field hospitals getting erected by the – by FEMA and the Army Corps, will – that will allow us to displace currently cared-for individuals, non-COVID, into those hospitals to free up critical care beds."

Implementation of Defense Production Act:

Biden claimed that he had called for invoking the Defense Production Act before anyone. On March 18 he said Trump must, "Prioritize and immediately increase domestic production of any critical medical equipment required to respond to this crisis – such as the production of ventilators and associated training to operate – by invoking the Defense Production Act, delegating authority to HHS and FEMA."

On that same day, just prior to that statement, during a White House press briefing, Trump had announced, "We'll be invoking the Defense Production Act, just in case we need it. In other words, I think you all know what it is, and it can do a lot of good things if we need it. And we will — we will have it all completed, signing it in just a little while. Right after I'm finished with this conference, I'll be signing it. It's prepared to go. So we will be invoking the Defense Production Act."

Provision of Free, Expedited COVID Testing:

During a CNN interview on March 27, nine days after Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Biden said that "the cost of the test should be absolutely zero for you." He also said that the testing "should be able to be available nationwide, and that should have been right from the get-go an objective of the administration."

Trump had previously announced during a March 15 press conference that "testing is now available in all 50 states."

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to give presidential candidate Biden a free pass to launch chronologically and cognitively challenged attacks against the Trump administration's enormously aggressive and successful responses to the most serious pandemic the entire world has faced in the past 100 years. Many of those criticisms have belatedly called upon the president to do exactly what he had already accomplished.

Giving the liberal "news agencies" all benefit of doubts, perhaps they tried to inform Biden when he was dozing off at the time…or maybe he has since simply forgotten.

On the other hand, if so, why haven't they let the rest of us in on Trump's remarkable mega-life-saving decisions and achievements as well?

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. Larry has written more than 700 articles for Newsmax and Forbes and is the author of several books. Included are: "How Everything Happened, Including Us" (2020), "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.

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