- The rapid spread of Coronavirus has been disturbing news for people all over the world with more than 1,40,000 cases in mid-March, 2020.
- President Trump has been publicly criticized for the laid-back attitude of his administration.
- President Trump has denied any responsibility for the negligence and the casual attitude towards this crisis.
If there is one thing that the recent COVID-19 pandemic has taught us; it is that nothing binds the world together like a global crisis. Preceding the spread of this virus, nations were dealing with their problems. The gravity of the political disturbances, both inside and outside the countries, was fleeting quite fast. Along comes this virus and the whole world unites for mankind. It has internationally made the top news headlines for all significant newspapers. Amidst all the chaotic events and the rising death toll in the world, the actions of one man have come under a lot of criticism, and that man is the United States of America, President Donald Trump.
President Trump’s response to the pandemic
The rapid spread of coronavirus has been disturbing news for people all over the world with more than 1,40,000 cases in mid-March, 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued serious steps and guidelines to contain the spread of the virus. A national emergency was declared in the 2nd week of March by President Trump.
Though this step has been in the right direction, its intent has been largely put to question. Many feel that President Trump has politicized the severe global health issue, and the nationalists widely oppose the move. Critics and opponents are of the view that the emergency was called as a political act to appear indulgent in the international crisis rather than genuine care for public health. Stephen Morrison, the Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Health Policy Centre, agrees.
ETV Bharat News has noted that President Trump has made it a point to address the origin of the virus to be ‘Chinese’ and put the blame on Europe for its spread. The main issue is that despite its origin – the virus is a risk to people all over the world. The Trump administration seems more involved in playing the blame game by calling the coronavirus ‘Wuhan Virus’ as the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Many feel that President Trump and his team, including Robert O’Brien, National Security Advisor of the White House, and Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, have failed to recognize the number of positive cases of the virus has fallen in China whereas the US now has a higher number with 215,307 cases as of April 2nd, 2020.
Politics behind the Pandemic situation
It comes as no surprise as the virus has become a global issue, the death tolls have become the new top news headlines in each country. President Trump has been publicly criticized for the laid-back attitude of his administration. It is time to assess and educate the public about the severity of the pandemic. Instead, the political purview surrounding the pandemic has received significant backlash.
As reported by ETV Bharat News, his highly publicized claim of building a wall for keeping the US secured in its perimeter became a factor in this. The claim of keeping the virus out of the US borders gave a false sense of security to the citizens of his country when the truth was far away from it. Even Wen, Baltimore’s ex-Health Commissioner, claimed that no wall could keep a virus out of the States’ boundary.
In conclusion, President Trump has denied any responsibility for the negligence and the casual attitude towards this crisis. The constant juggling of blame between China and Europe is the last thing he should focus on, especially when his country is worst affected by the pandemic.