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Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:29 PM

 

Azar was unaware of decision to put Pence in charge of virus response

Source: Washington Post

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who has been leading the coronavirus task force, was blindsided by the White House decision to put Vice President Pence in charge of the response to the virus outbreak, according to five people familiar with the situation, who said Azar learned of the decision only moments before the Wednesday evening press conference.

Pence is scheduled to run a coronavirus task force at HHS on Thursday, two sources familiar with the plans said. One senior administration official said Pence was going to HHS to lead the meeting, instead of the White House, “as a show of support to Azar.”

Earlier in the day, Azar pushed back on reports that the administration was considering appointing a czar to run the response. President Trump said he did not consider Pence a czar, but noted that everyone involved in the response would report to the vice president.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/coronavirus-china-live-updates/2020/02/26/f889693a-580e-11ea-9000-f3cffee23036_story.html#link-IAXVPWALSA4VHAI77DL3WPUN5Q

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Reply Azar was unaware of decision to put Pence in charge of virus response (Original post)
brooklynite Feb 26 OP
fleabiscuit Feb 26 #1
iluvtennis Feb 27 #8
R Merm Feb 26 #2
not fooled Feb 27 #10
Hekate Feb 27 #16
Hassler Feb 26 #3
Leghorn21 Feb 26 #4
democratisphere Feb 26 #5
SWBTATTReg Feb 26 #6
Skittles Feb 27 #7
riversedge Feb 27 #15
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 27 #17
NBachers Feb 27 #9
James48 Feb 27 #11
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 27 #18
mr_lebowski Feb 27 #12
irisblue Feb 27 #13
riversedge Feb 27 #14
DonCoquixote Feb 27 #19

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:33 PM

1. Hmm, a sewer rat puts a roach in charge of a virus. Could be a headline.

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:01 AM

8. LOL 😂 nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:34 PM

2. Was Pence aware of his appointment prior to tRump's announcement?

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Response to R Merm (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 01:15 AM

10. Oh, goody

"Mother may I" Mike is gonna pray the virus away.


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Response to not fooled (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 01:15 PM

16. Last night Rachel said that, including responsibility for an HIV outbreak while governor, there's...

....a whole lot of awful public health policy stories waiting to be told about Pence.

I hope she tells them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:34 PM

3. Only the best people

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:34 PM

4. Haw haw, I just heard Rachel say that on my tape-delayed show and I said

HAW HAW YOU PEDO-PROTECTING MOTHERFUCKER

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:46 PM

6. Looks like they are screwing up everything already. Screwed up to begin w/, when they cut ...

funding literally everywhere that now we need. Smart, eh? Goes a long way to tell how this admin. prepared itself when it should have been on the ball and ahead of everyone to avoid panic.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

7. Remember when we wondered how Trump would handle a REAL crisis?

now we know

he appoints a religious nutcase as "czar"

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Response to Skittles (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 10:23 AM

15. A medical person should be in charge-preferably a Public Health person with experience

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Response to riversedge (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 02:03 PM

17. For real, right?!



Easiest decision ever that almost any other President would handle correctly. And of course no President in their right mind would cut out a Pandemic Response Unit. But then again, we were stuck with Trump. No doubt that a President Hillary Clinton would be handling this as skillfully as President Obama handled Ebola in 2014 (even as Republicans s**t all over him while he skillfully kept the public safe and made sure that the victims were properly cared for).

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 01:13 AM

9. So is Dense a vaxxer, or an anti-vaxxer?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 01:20 AM

11. I figured it was gonna be Jared

Since Jared read so many books on it, you know.

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Response to James48 (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 02:04 PM

18. He was who I was expecting

but apparently public health is the one thing he is out of his depth on LOL


I wish that this was all just a ridiculously bad movie nobody was being forced to watch.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 02:28 AM

12. Trump is dog-whistling to Cult 45 that he trusts Gawd/Jeebus to take care of us

Really he just wants someone else to take the blame if shit goes south, and to look good for his job of 'delegating' if it doesn't.

Things go real bad he dumps Pence before November is the likely plan

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 09:59 AM

13. No sympathy for Azar, none. Big Pharma guy wants patents kept private.

Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) Tweeted:
Here's the clip of Azar not assuring Rep. Schakowsky a covid-19 vaccine will be affordable to all. https://t.co/Z8aNd4wLWj


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 10:10 AM

14. Trump treats his staff--AZAR with disrespect when things like this happen. He would be wise

to leave his post before Trump fires him.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2020, 02:09 PM

19. horrid thought

could this be a way to damage pence so bad he finally gets to put Princess Ivanka on his VP throne?

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