“I got rid of the smoke detectors because they weren’t doing anything - they were just gathering dust. If we have a fire, then I can run out and buy some new smoke detectors…”
Apparently there were issues beyond getting rid of the pandemic response team. There was some legally mandated pandemic response training for new administration staff, and like with all the briefings transition staff attended, they were notably unconcerned and totally disinterested. Adding to which, because of the high White House staff turnover, none of them even made it to this point anyways; they were gone years ago.
I listen to the questions being asked of Trump, and how they’re asked, and I’m flabbergasted that the press still don’t seem to understand who they’re dealing with. (Of course, a certain number of these might be softball questions being lobbed by the likes of Infowars…)
Still, this is how I’d imagine Trump’s response would go:
Trump: “How nasty!” (cuts off reporter’s audio before they can ask a question) “Next!”
I was thinking about how his response to this crisis shows how he’s completely unsuited, in every way, for the presidency, but it also shows his extreme, shall we say, “limits” as a businessman. No anticipation, just reaction; no concern about facts, just about appearances; everything gets treated as zero-sum rentier capitalism, where you don’t have allies or partners, but competitors and suckers that you’re ripping off. It’s clear why the only things he’s actually been successful at are fraud and money laundering.