It is not unusual to hear a Democrat demeaning President Trump, nor would it be surprising to learn of a member of the media criticizing President Trump’s words or actions. How about an evaluation by a conservative Republican with ties to the Trump administration?

George Conway is a Republican, a very successful attorney, a supporter of Donald Trump in 2016 and the husband of the president’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway. Conway was considered for a number legal positions in the administration, but continued in his private practice. He published an essay examining the president and the coronavirus pandemic.

He started by emphasizing that the president is not responsible for the virus, then he listed steps or missteps taken by the president for which he can be faulted. President Trump refused to use the diagnostic test offered by the World Health Organization, that was accepted by 50 other countries. This delayed our nation’s ability to test suspected virus victims.

In 2018, Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. Bossart was not replaced. That year Dr. Luciana Borio, director for medical and bio-defense preparedness, departed and has not been replaced. Also in 2018, the CDC stopped funding of epidemic prevention activities in 49 countries, done at the direction of the president. The president closed the Global Health Security and Bio-defense Agency and failed to replace Admiral Tim Ziemer, Senior Director for Global Health Security.

How did these open positions and canceled efforts reduce the effectiveness of the American response to the virus? Conway pointed out that Trump had expressed doubt about the seriousness of the pandemic, as well as stating that the virus had been contained.

The evaluation ends with, “We do not blame Trump for the virus. We blame him for gutting the nation’s preparations to deal with it. We blame him for bungling testing and allowing it to spread uninhibited. We blame him for wasting taxpayer money on applause lines at his rallies (like The Wall). We blame him for putting his own political life over American human life. I hope this clears things up.” If you believe that anything listed by Conway is not true, please send your comment about the real facts to siegel.monitor@gmail.com.

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