After the disastrous mishandling of its COVID-19 battle, the
In fact, Trump’s own cabinet took an adversarial stance from the beginning. If the escalation will continue, that stance could result in a new Cold War and the Second Global Depression in the coming years.
The efforts to exploit the crisis for political purposes began early in the year. On
Despite the first novel coronavirus cases in the US, both Ross and Navarro apparently presumed the virus would not spread in America.
Between early January and mid-March, the Trump White House’s accusations against
That’s when politicized attacks were initiated by Secretary of State
When the WHO declared the global emergency on
Ironically, as the
When these deflection efforts failed to halt public criticism of the administration, the
That’s why the politicized efforts to re-redefine the COVID-19 as the “China virus” continued into late March (and prevail even today). That’s when the numbers of US virus cases and deaths began to soar.
Use of scapegoats in paranoid politics
Instead of international cooperation to beat the pandemic, the
Obviously, European officials resisted the redefinition since the WHO had cautioned against giving the virus a geographic name because of its global nature. But in the process, precious time was missed as US domestic political priorities overrode the urgency for international cooperation against the global pandemic (Figure).
The purposeful use of projective bashing of targeted scapegoats has a long history in US politics. In the mid-1960s,
In the effort to explain away the presence of class, ethnic, and immigration divisions in America, this style projects such divides onto other countries, real or imaginary adversaries, as evidenced by the 1950s McCarthyism, the Trump administration’s controversial ties with the
These views have been echoed by former US ambassador to China
Months of missed opportunities
The Trump administration knew about the virus risks already by
As the New York Times has reported, the new virus team began daily meetings in the basement of the West Wing, yet no mobilization was initiated. Rather, a long debate began within the
Although the government’s leading scientists and health experts raised the alarm early and pushed for aggressive action, they faced resistance at the
The cult of secrecy in the
The recent confrontation between Trump and Fauci about the dangers of a premature exit from the lockdown is still another example of Trump’s political priorities, at the expense of American lives and
Whatever the ultimate reason for the painfully long delay in the mobilization against the virus in America, the fact remains that, like
For almost three months, it chose not to. And when it could no longer could hide its catastrophic mistake, the
The commentary is based on Dr Steinbock’s briefing on
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