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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Of course, no one could blame the Trump administration for COVID-19. There is certainly a basis for claims that the early China travel restrictions, although probably too limited, slowed the initial spread to the U.S. That said, Americans have a right to question the lack of leadership we’ve seen in this time of crises.

The Trump administration, from the outset, downplayed the health risk and took a slower than adequate approach. The gutting of the Federal Pandemic Response Team in 2018 was due to an attitude of: “Destroy and abolish everything Obama” — the result is expert advice was pushed aside by political concerns. The administration’s disregard for coordination with the World Health Organization is to blame for a shortage of test kits and protective equipment for health care professionals. His Oval Office speech did more to confuse than calm and as most of his utterances, had to be walked back for inaccuracies.

Like a “high chair tyrant," Trump takes credit for any good done by anyone. Like a juvenile delinquent caught misbehaving, Trump yells, “I take no responsibility." This isn’t the type of leadership we need now or ever. COVID-19 has put a spotlight on Trump’s weakness and dishonesty — 2020 is our opportunity to return American strength and real leadership at home and abroad!

Carole Clark

Arizona City

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