President Trump, reflected in a television camera, speaks with the coronavirus task force at a White House briefing on March 18. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Trump, with Alex Azar, left, and Steve Monroe of the CDC, holds a picture of the coronavirus during a tour of the CDC in Atlanta on March 6. (Getty Images)
Flowers are tied to trees with ribbons on March 13 outside Life Care Center, a long-term-care facility in Kirkland, Wash., that was linked to multiple coronavirus cases. (Reuters)
Jackie Copeland wipes down her cart in an effort to protect against the coronavirus before shopping at a Walmart in Fairfield, Calif., on Feb. 29. (Nick Otto for The Washington Post)
It may never be known how many thousands of deaths, or millions of infections, might have been prevented with a response that was more coherent, urgent and effective. But even now, there are many indications that the administration’s handling of the crisis had potentially devastating consequences.
The automakers said they are racing to produce as many of the medical devices as possible. But their relatively late start means the bulk of their production could come after the peak of virus cases hits the country.
Facing a global pandemic, President Trump still seems to lurch from moment to moment, with his methods and messages each day disconnected from — and in some cases contradictory to — the ones just prior.
The president’s announcement that he is putting the intelligence community’s inspector general on leave comes one week after his claim of “presidential supervision” over the pandemic recovery watchdog, an ominous attempt to limit independent oversight.
“This latest act of reprisal against the Intelligence Community threatens to have a chilling effect against all willing to speak truth to power,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.