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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:36 PM

Trump team failed to follow NSC's pandemic playbook

Source: POLITICO




Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook

The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration.
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President Donald Trump's administration was briefed on the playbook’s existence in 2017, said four former officials. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

By DAN DIAMOND and NAHAL TOOSI

03/25/2020 08:00 PM EDT


The Trump administration, state officials and even individual hospital workers are now racing against each other to get the necessary masks, gloves and other safety equipment to fight coronavirus — a scramble that hospitals and doctors say has come too late and left them at risk. But according to a previously unrevealed White House playbook, the government should’ve begun a federal-wide effort to procure that personal protective equipment at least two months ago.

“Is there sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are providing medical care?” the playbook instructs its readers, as one early decision that officials should address when facing a potential pandemic. “If YES: What are the triggers to signal exhaustion of supplies? Are additional supplies available? If NO: Should the Strategic National Stockpile release PPE to states?”



The strategies are among hundreds of tactics and key policy decisions laid out in a 69-page National Security Council playbook on fighting pandemics, which POLITICO is detailing for the first time. Other recommendations include that the government move swiftly to fully detect potential outbreaks, secure supplemental funding and consider invoking the Defense Production Act — all steps in which the Trump administration lagged behind the timeline laid out in the playbook.

“Each section of this playbook includes specific questions that should be asked and decisions that should be made at multiple levels” within the national security apparatus, the playbook urges, repeatedly advising officials to question the numbers on viral spread, ensure appropriate diagnostic capacity and check on the U.S. stockpile of emergency resources.
Pandemic playbook

The playbook also stresses the significant responsibility facing the White House to contain risks of potential pandemics, a stark contrast with the Trump administration’s delays in deploying an all-of-government response and President Donald Trump's recent signals that he might roll back public health recommendations.



“The U.S. government will use all powers at its disposal to prevent, slow or mitigate the spread of an emerging infectious disease threat,” according to the playbook’s built-in “assumptions” about fighting future threats. “The American public will look to the U.S. government for action when multi-state or other significant events occur.”

The guide further calls for a “unified message” on the federal response, in order to best manage the American public's questions and concerns. “Early coordination of risk communications through a single federal spokesperson is critical,” the playbook urges. However, the U.S. response to coronavirus has featured a rotating cast of spokespeople and conflicting messages; Trump already is discussing loosening government recommendations on coronavirus in order to “open” the economy by Easter, despite the objections of public health advisers.

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Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/trump-coronavirus-national-security-council-149285



lazy farts--and now folks are dying






President Donald Trump's administration was briefed on the playbook’s existence in 2017, said four former officials. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images


The NSC devised the guide — officially called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents, but known colloquially as “the pandemic playbook” — across 2016. The project was driven by career civil servants as well as political appointees, aware that global leaders had initially fumbled their response to the 2014-2015 spread of Ebola and wanting to be sure that the next response to an epidemic was better handled.


The Trump administration was briefed on the playbook’s existence in 2017, said four former officials, but two cautioned that it never went through a full, National Security Council-led interagency process to be approved as Trump administration strategy. Tom Bossert, who was then Trump’s homeland security adviser, expressed enthusiasm about its potential as part of the administration’s broader strategy to fight pandemics, two former officials said. .....




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Reply Trump team failed to follow NSC's pandemic playbook (Original post)
riversedge Mar 25 OP
efhmc Mar 25 #1
dweller Mar 25 #2
riversedge Mar 25 #3
WhiteTara Mar 25 #4
RobinA Mar 25 #5
Haggis for Breakfast Mar 25 #8
RobinA Mar 26 #16
al bupp Mar 25 #6
BootinUp Mar 25 #7
BigmanPigman Mar 26 #9
CottonBear Mar 26 #13
Warpy Mar 26 #10
PA Democrat Mar 26 #11
mercuryblues Mar 26 #12
gademocrat7 Mar 26 #14
sarge43 Mar 26 #15
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 26 #17
ffr Mar 29 #18

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:37 PM

1. So surprising since they always follow everthing by the book.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:41 PM

2. no one read it to him

or put in bullet points so he could scribble out the parts he didn't like
with his sharpie


✌🏼

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Response to dweller (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:52 PM

3. I used to laugh at that, but can do so anymore.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:53 PM

4. which was worse?

Bin Laden determined to strike the US.
OR
Ignoring NSC pandemic guidelines.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:10 PM

5. Biden

needs to be on this.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:54 PM

8. What do you mean ?

Biden's been ALL OVER THIS.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:10 AM

16. Well Good

Are people hearing it? I don't watch TV news, I get my news from print. I've read zilch from or about him, but if he's out in front where most voters get news, that's great.

I just have this fear of yet another situation where a Democrat loses a winnable election due to a lousy campaign...coughcough Gore coughcough Kerry coughcough.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:10 PM

6. More evidence of the administration's criminal level of incompetence /nt

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:42 PM

7. Of course! nt

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:15 AM

9. He is/was more interested in getting reelected.

So fuck American citizens, we aren't a priority. Getting reelected is his only priority.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:00 AM

13. Trump filed documents for 2020 campaign during his inauguration.

It was either on the day of or on the day after.
So, yes, it’s always been about him and his being re-elected

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:29 AM

10. Some clown probably gave him a bottle of Plaquenil

and the dolt thinks he's bulletproof. Guess whoever gave it to him didn't mention that one of the possible side effects is blindness that might take a couple of years to appear after the drug is stopped.

Nothing about the chloroquine "cure" has been proven. Articles about it are chockablock full of weasel words, never a good sign.

Still, I don't know anyone whoknows what a malignant narcissist is who would expect one to adhere to anyone else's playbook, no matter the reason it was written, just another reason he's got to go.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:37 AM

11. This should be all over the news. Instead we are treated to Trump's daily shit show

of lies and incompetency.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:39 AM

12. There has been so much turnover in his

maladministration, I bet no one by this time even knew it existed. As for trump, well it didn't concern him, so he didn't care.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:05 AM

14. Gross incompetence

Mixed with evil and greed has put us in great danger.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:08 AM

15. Trump team failed (on edit) n/t

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:36 PM

17. Of course

The dumbass thinks he's smarter than everyone else, Dunning-Kruger effect.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Sun Mar 29, 2020, 12:03 AM

18. tRump's team failed to follow a playbook GIVEN to them.

They should be brought up on charges on willful negligence in the deaths of thousands of American citizens. This is nothing short of treason!

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