Trump’s Erratic 48 Hours and What it Costs the American People
Let’s just recap the last 48 hours.
Yesterday, President Trump generated headlines when he defied health experts and said it was time to shut down the White House Coronavirus Task Force, even as cases continue to skyrocket, with more than 1,000 people tragically dying every day over the past month — before he quickly backpedaled.
The day before, Trump blocked top Administration officials leading the federal response to the crisis from providing testimony and giving answers to the House and the American people. From The Wall Street Journal:
The White House Office of Legislative Affairs alerted House and Senate staff directors to the directive in a Monday memo. “For the month of May, no Task Force members, or key deputies of Task Force members, may accept hearing invitations. Exceptions may be made only with the express approval of the White House Chief of Staff,” the memo said.
The House has a constitutional responsibility—just like the Senate—to oversee the actions of the Executive Branch and to ensure that government works at this critical time. Both House Democrats and Republicans are outraged by Trump’s refusal to make federal officials available for testimony.
In fact, Republican Congressman Tom Cole said: “I want the record to show I joined the chairman in urging that Dr. Fauci be allowed to testify here.”
In times of great peril and crisis such as 9-11 and Ebola, Congress worked together with the Administration to ensure that our government was working to address the immediate needs of the American people. During the Ebola crisis, top Obama Administration officials testified less than a month after the first U.S. case at an Oversight Committee hearing led by Republican Congressmen Issa, Jordan and Meadows, now Trump’s Chief of Staff.
This time cannot be any different; more than 70,000 Americans have lost their lives, more than 1.2 million confirmed cases nationally, and Congress has appropriated $2 trillion dollars, the largest recovery in American history. There is too much is at stake.
The American people deserve better from this Administration. Our first responders, health care workers, governors, mayors, and local leaders deserve leadership from their President. Congress deserves answers so it can do its job for the people.