Susan Rice: Trump’s ‘Utter Incompetence’ Has Cost Tens of Thousands of American Lives

Susan Rice: “Here we are now, with a president who has failed and has demonstrated dishonesty and incompetence … Whether that’s because he didn’t care …”

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RICE: “Rather than moving immediately from very early January to do the things that we know we have to do, get in place the testing capacity, scale it up so that it’s widely available. Surge the purchase and the distribution of personal protective equipment, ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns, and get that to our hospital systems, build out a bed capacity, call back medical professionals, all these things that states and locals are now doing on the fly — these are the things that we know we needed to do and do at the outset. And so, they didn’t do that. They waited two months. It’s not the one month that ‘The New York Times’ had a headline, ‘A Wasted Month,’ it was a wasted two months, Jonathan. And those two months have meant the difference between many tens of thousands of Americans dying who might otherwise not have died.

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CAPEHART: “You know, through this whole situation, I can only imagine how you feel. You walked us through all of these things. You were part of the planning, part of the infrastructure to ensure that if this situation happened, the nation would be prepared. As a citizen, not part of that, I’m sitting back and thinking, ‘Where is the federal government? Where is the leadership?’ Is it that leadership, or lack of leadership in this instance, really does come directly from the top? Is it that, to your mind, President Trump just doesn’t care? Or because the playbook and all the plans came from President Obama’s administration that he’s just willing to

RICE: “You know, I — I don’t want to speculate on his motives. We all have our personal opinions. I think the important thing is that he has demonstrated utter lack of leadership, utter incompetence. And he’s been profoundly dishonest about the nature of the threat to the American people by downplaying it, by dismissing it, by you know comparing it to the flu and having his senior officials do the same, having Fox News do the same. He has misled the American people to such an extent that lives have been lost in the process. There are many parts of this country where people still don’t think this is a big deal. That’s why it wasn’t until yesterday that governors of Florida and Georgia and Texas, you know, actually put in place statewide stay-at-home orders. That’s ridiculous. So here we are now, with a president who has failed and has demonstrated dishonesty and incompetence. Whether that’s because he didn’t care or he was trying to downplay the problem and buoy his electoral prospects mistakenly, or whether it was to buck up the markets, or because he doesn’t care, I don’t know what it was. I just know that he has cost tens of thousands of American lives. And here we are in the moment, and they still don’t have their act together.” susan rice incompetence

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