A sign of good leadership is one who puts follower’s needs first, who organizes a need to plan, and strategically takes action that will benefit the people being served.
In 2014 President Obama warned about the need for the US to cast aside partisan differences to prepare for an upcoming pandemic. During the Ebola virus outbreak, President Obama visited the National Institute of Health (NIH) Vaccine Research Center and met with scientists who were working relentlessly to find ways to combat the Ebola virus.
President Obama strongly urged the United States to invest in creating an infrastructure for dealing with a deadly airborne disease. Global Heath Matters newsletter printed this quote by President Obama “the infrastructure would allow us to see it quickly, isolate it quickly and respond to it quickly.” President Obama recognized the need to prepare and protect all Americans. He went on to say that we must be prepared for another deadly virus in the next five to ten years.
As a result The Obama-Biden Administration set-up the National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to prepare for future pandemics.
It is alleged that President Donald Trump’s administration eliminated the Obama-Biden pandemic team; however, President Trump denied that claim. In 2017 Trump stated that he “did not see the threat of a pandemic in the way that many experts in the field did.”
The 1st known case of Coronavirus has been traced back to November 2019 in China, according to Live Science, an online news source. (https://www.livescience.com/first-case-coronavirus-found.html)
By December, cases of the virus were being reported all over the world. The virus spread so rapidly that government authorities realized they were dealing with a new and very contagious disease.
President Trump minimized the seriousness of the Coronavirus and did not prepare. On March 13, 2020 Donald Trump tweeted on his Twitter account (@realDonaldTrump) “it would be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic but a pandemic will never happen.” As a result of his disbelief, the Trump administration did not send out millions of test kits and protective medical gear for health care staff that are now needed to fight the deadly and contagious virus.
On March 20, 2020 during a White House briefing – based on Factcheck.org, Donald Trump stated, “nobody knew there would be a pandemic or an epidemic of this proportion.” However, The US intelligence community warned in its annual Threat Report for 2019 that the US and the world would remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death.
As of April 15, 2020 the worldwide number of Covid-19 cases has exceeded 2.5 million infected and 1.2 million deaths.
From President Obama to President Trump there is a stark difference in leadership in this country and now all American’s are suffering the ill effects of this change.