Buck passing and finger pointing are part of any incompetently run organization and the White House certainly qualifies as that. Donald Trump appointed Mike Pence head of the coronavirus task force last week and went on vacation, figuring that Pence would mind the store. Instead, things got worse and White House staffers morphed into Chicken Littles, crying, “the stock market is falling!” Oh, what to do! Trump took to the airwaves, finally, late Monday, with some hastily cobbled together ideas. Politico:

While President Donald Trump previewed a slate of fiscal stimulus options from the White House Monday night, other aides privately continued to debate the seriousness of the coronavirus. Officials, like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, had been urging staff not to overreact, while other aides advocated dramatic measures, such as shutting down borders, stopping cruise ship travel and expanding travel restrictions.

Then there was the blame game.

One senior administration official blamed the national security staff for bungling the early coronavirus response. Other aides blamed the vice president’s office, which has taken the lead on the response. “The Office of the Vice President seems way in over their heads,” one White House official said, referring to the coordination and messaging. “They don’t know what they’re doing.”

Separately, some aides took issue with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, who’d dutifully stood by Trump during his Friday visit to the Atlanta agency and commended the president for his “decisive leadership.” Trump, for his part, continued to denigrate the media and Democrats on Twitter for overhyping the coronavirus threat.

It stands to reason that the Trump administration is blaming everybody and everything but themselves, while the fact remains that the key problem here is that since the very beginning of this crisis it has been handled as a PR problem and not a public health emergency. All subsequent problems stem from that. That, and the fact that when Trump took office he gutted pandemic preparedness programs, firing key personnel, and when he needed them, they weren’t there. So now he has to try and reverse engineer something that will take care of this emergency. Lots of luck. Not too many people believe that this administration is going to rise to the occasion, after the incompetence that’s been displayed so far.

Trump’s first public comment on the coronavirus was to say that, “there are only about fifteen cases and soon there will be zero.” The number of reported cases is now at 500 and the death toll is 26. Democrats would do well to emphasize this in a campaign ad. Trump loves to shoot from the hip and make things up and the covid-19 crisis emphasizes that tendency like nothing else. And unfortunately, it’s a matter of life and death.

 

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52 Comments on "Maybe Pence Will Be Out Soon, White House Staffers Blaming Him For Botching Coronavirus"

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Cherl Harrell
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They are such a fickle bunch. Talk about circular firing squads, they haven’t met a scapegoat they didn’t like.

Cherl Harrell
Guest

I guess that’s the one thing we can count on, when things go south, someone is going under the bus.

michaelscott
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I pegged Mikey as tRump’s fall-guy the minute the announcement was made.

Bareshark
Guest

And you were right to, Michael. Trump’s been looking for an excuse to dump him. Now he’s got one.

anastasjoy
Member

He’s stuck with Pence. He CAN’T dump him without severe political damage. And he has no real motivation to do so. If he needs a scapegoat, he’ll find someone less sycophantic and reliably worshipful then Pence. Because ultimately he doesn’t care whether the response was bungled or not — he only cares if his people praise him to the hills for his “leadership.” And Pence does. It’s his greatest gift.

michaelscott
Member

You are ascribing logic to a chaotic mind.
His only goal is to have someone take the fall when this turns into the s*it-show it appears to be heading toward.
The Mango Messiah believes that Evos love HIM and only him.
I see him tossing Pence under the bus the second he feels it suits his purpose.
Plus, don’t forget, he didn’t really want Pence in the first place and mocks him continuously.

Darrel
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Pence always starts his little statements with praise for our special President as he is doing so much for us round the clock … ? I agree, short of a physical threat to Trump, they were elected as the loser’s team, and, should both sink on the same ship …

Darrel
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Perhaps, Pence could be reassigned to another project of equal or higher priority, (keeping rolls of TP in the holders of the public restrooms in the WH?), then, the question is, has Kush baby been reassigned to the hallowed Pence position in care of the virus failed program? He’s IS the man of the hour, doing SO much for Trump and our country …. /S

anastasjoy
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I doubt it. There’s nothing in it for him to blame his sycophant-in-chief and the guy who solidifies the evangelicals for him. How would ego the anyway? A VP change is so high profile and indicative of panic and weakness, it would cost him even more voters. I know the media and people on the left are snookered by this Nikki Hey fantasy because OMG she’s a woman and she’s kinda pretty and maybe she would help him win back those suburban white women! Nope to all of that. “She’s a woman” is a massive liability right now for the… Read more »
Rita
Member

I knew it too , blame everything on Pence ! That’s his MO

Carol O
Guest

My first reaction was ‘can you spell scapegoat?’ It was so obvious.

Tin woman1
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Everything he does in inept, at the least, and mortal at most. He is responsible for every single death.

p j evans
Member

All the people who could have handled this have been fired because they made Himself look bad.

mae
Member

I am assuming he put pence in charge so he could deflect blame from himself, and get rid of him when needed.

Leo Walter
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Did anybody read the absolutely scorching editorial in the Washington Examiner ( Yes !) yesterday ? It describes Trump completely.

Denis Elliott
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Putting Pence in as the front-man for the response and doing so AFTER it was too late to, as Ursula noted as a public health instead of a PR problem has dual benefits. It gives a guy who blames everyone but himself someone to blame for an outright disaster in progress, but also discredits Pence. Calculations have been being made since before this crisis started as to whether Trump even needs Pence anymore – White (at least) Evangelical leaders are so solidly in his corner that Trump probably doesn’t need Pence anymore to shore up his support with that group.… Read more »
anastasjoy
Member

Who would be “more help on the ticket?” Dumping your VP at the last minute is a panic move that is automatically damaging. Unless he replaced him with someone like Jerry Falwell Jr, the evangelicals would be outraged. He absolutely needs to give them consideration for their support. They can stay home too.

Denis Elliott
Member
Nikki Haley is mentioned as a possible replacement although she’d have some baggage for taking down that fucking confederate flag at the SC state capitol after Dylan Root murdered all those people in their church. It would play quite well with Independents but not (I think) enough to offset the loss of an awful lot of white southerners (of both genders) and a lot of while males around the country who still love waving that racist rag. More to the point of your question though is two things. If Pence is perceived as having damaged Trump over the response to… Read more »
Kay
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Well, guess he’ll turn Pence into road Kill and run with Nikki for 2020, to work a hustle for some female voters and try to salvage his toilet-bowl reputation.

old grey dude
Guest

Why would Nikki Haley even want to run on that ticket? Trump’s one saving grace was the economy and that is falling apart fast. If I were Nikki I would stay away, watch trump crash and burn and then run in 2024.

Rita
Member

These are the most unfit people I’ve ever seen, and they are paid a very high salary for doing nothing.

James Digregorio
Guest

Is it possible to have an ACTING VICE PRESIDENT?

Denis Elliott
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I’m sure he’d prefer not to have one, and would even get a kick out of going to the Senate to cast a vote for some p.o.s. GOP piece of legislation. Hell, since the VP’s is actually the presiding Officer in the Senate (although long ago they only showed up for special matters) he’d probably enjoy going over to “preside” as in sit there on the dais and do rally type speeches at them, complete with castigating any Democrat who leaves or isn’t present! Of course, there’s that pesky problem of what happens if he dies or is incapacitated. If… Read more »
Nancy M Parker
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No. The Vice President is elected just like the president. The only way he leaves office during his term is impeachment or death. Or I suppose he could resign like Nixon.

Joseph
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Trump’s first public comment on the coronavirus was to say that, “there are only about fifteen cases and soon there will be zero.”

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Okay. I probably missed that but what in the hell did he mean? That the 15 people would die or that they would (somehow) get over it? In either case, there would still be 15 cases that happened. Just because a lot of people died off during the Black Plague and a fair number of people survived doesn’t mean that there were “zero” cases of the Black Plague.

Joseph
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To the folks who keep thinking that Trump will “dump” Pence or get rid of him somehow–not gonna happen. Pence CANNOT be removed from his office by Trump. The Vice-President can only be removed by impeachment. Now, Trump can replace Pence as his VP at the Convention (it wouldn’t be the first time a President has changed out his VP selection) but Pence will remain Vice-President until at least Jan 3, 2021 if he wants to. Technically, he remains in office until Jan 20, 2021 when the new VP is sworn in but his last official duty as VP is… Read more »
Alfred Higgins
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If all of tRump’s top men are dithering like this on responding to a pandemic, what’s that say about their response to the pending Great Recession?

Rita
Member

This is what his ass gets for gutting the Pandemic preparedness programs & firing key personal !

Darrel
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Well, at this point it may be that he actually HAS the virus, since his office lies like a rug about EVERYTHING … it may explain a few things lately, like his speech at those pressers, walking through knee deep mud and, of course, he has begun to realize there is no escape from US, this, IS the bad one we always talk about but the Teflon Don slithers through …. we need to watch the WH closely for the next couple weeks at least and see if Trump is out on the lawn or going public, he might be… Read more »
Cheryl Lawrence
Guest

The circular firing squad is in position…will trump replace Pence as COVID-19 czar before or after he replaces him on the ballot?

Deborah Crow
Guest

Pence’s office is tasked with not pissing off El Caudillo first, protecting the Big Money second. Public health is a very distant third.