President Donald Trump has—from the beginning of the crisis created by the global pandemic—tried to dismiss and downplay then fast track virus containment efforts—like social distancing and stay at home orders—to help his own reelection chances.
The economy has been one of the few bright spots in the Trump presidency—although how responsible the 45th President was for any of the economic gains remains debatable.
But the exponential spread of the viral pathogen in the United States—after a lackadaisical initial federal response—called for drastic containment measures. And those measures are not good for Trump's economy.
Now—while confirmed cases and the death tolls continue to rise across the country—Trump is talking about ending those safety measures. To facilitate that effort, Trump named a crack team of public health experts to evaluate the risks and devise a plan that puts the health and safety of people first.
Just kidding, Trump picked people who made big donations, people who will put profits first and people who are grossly unqualified for the jobs they already hold in the Trump administration.
Relax guys. We’re in good hands. This will be handled smoothly and wisely. https://t.co/NlL3JMedlw— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy)1586802810.0
https://t.co/8EMPZjyNri— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy)1586803690.0
@waltshaub @HelenKennedy Maybe they should kick off the grand reopening with a tour of Bellevue, sans PPE. That would inspire confidence.— Milo M. (@Milo M.)1586806242.0
@KevinMKruse @HelenKennedy "Straight out of Central Casting."— Michael Evans (@Michael Evans)1586806474.0
@HelenKennedy Not one qualified person on that panel. @gop stands for nepotism.— Moloch Worshipper. (@Moloch Worshipper.)1586817070.0
@kimberlyje22 @SarahBCalif @HelenKennedy Perfect! Make America F*cked All Over Again— Marjorie Hudson (@Marjorie Hudson)1586814445.0
https://t.co/wC1BspoDoY— Rob Sheridan, but from a safe distance (@Rob Sheridan, but from a safe distance)1586811415.0
@HelenKennedy Not a single one of them is a public health expert. Heck, none of them are actual economists or busi… https://t.co/RSq9cMbONh— lawhawk (@lawhawk)1586803081.0
@HelenKennedy And yes, I know Ross and Kudlow had careers before entering Trumpworld. Kudlow is best known for be… https://t.co/4gpXyaF4B2— lawhawk (@lawhawk)1586804284.0
@lawhawk @HelenKennedy Didn’t I hear Ross say coronavirus was good for American jobs ?— ✊🏾Kenny Purnell✊🏾 (@✊🏾Kenny Purnell✊🏾)1586804510.0
@kjpstorm @HelenKennedy You are correct.— lawhawk (@lawhawk)1586804555.0
@AdamMacRoss @barryhanley @lawhawk @kjpstorm @HelenKennedy Ross is also known for stealing from his own partners. https://t.co/vVqqmhe25D— Wineaux (@Wineaux)1586830449.0
@nycjim This is like Gilligan’s Island where the same 7 people have to do everything, and all they have is coconuts.— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@Adam Rifkin 🐼)1586478607.0
Needless to say, confidence is not high for Trump's panel of experts.
CREW or the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington broke down their objections.
Trump's Council to Reopen America is made up of two family members with a stake in his business and seven governmen… https://t.co/SKRNKtNZye— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1586806469.0
The complete list of council members raises even more concerns. 13 of the officials have visited Trump properties,… https://t.co/7LPmdyQxEa— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1586813600.0
And one newly appointed council member is already on CREW's radar for shady dealings.
BREAKING: Jared Kushner’s shadow coronavirus task force appears to be violating multiple laws by using private emai… https://t.co/mRosQeatYD— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1585319203.0
But one person pointed out a fact Trump and his profits over people council are forgetting.
@CREWcrew They can "re-open" America but they can't make us attend.— Just call me "Cutie Pie" (@Just call me "Cutie Pie")1586808683.0
What if they re-opened a country and nobody came?
The book Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington is available here.