So Trump cut the CDC budget and now claims the virus is under control in the US. Do you believe him?
The president's comments are at odds with reality. The same day, the CDC announced that it expected the virus to spread enough within the US to cause a "disruption to everyday life."
The Trump administration has also spent the past several years dismantling the very government programs responsible for combating a global health crisis.
In 2018, for instance, the CDC cut 80% of its efforts to prevent global disease outbreaks because it was running out of money. Ultimately, the department went from working in 49 countries to just 10.
Here are some other actions the Trump administration undertook to dismantle government-spending programs related to fighting the spread of global diseases, according to Foreign Policy:
Shutting down the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council.
Eliminating the US government's $30 million Complex Crises Fund.
Reducing national health spending by $15 billion.
Consistently attacking Mark Green, the director of the US Agency for International Development.
The CDC is working on a new test to screen for the coronavirus, but according to New York magazine, problems with the test's development resulted in only three out of 100 public-health labs being equipped to screen for the virus. Moreover, each test costs as much as $250, and the Health and Human Services Department is already running out of money to finance an adequate response to the outbreak.
- BobLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
He's Teflon Don nothing sticks to him. He thinks this is no different than any other time he contradicts an agency an aide, FBI, Homeland Security or even the people who are spinning all of his lies.
- ErikLv 71 month ago
Do I believe Donald Trump? Sure, like I believe OJ Simpson.
- electricpoleLv 71 month ago
I may not believe him implicitly, but I believe him more than you or the press.