State governors are getting more power from Trump, while fearing they lack the federal tools needed to fight the coronavirus crisis.
Dan DiamondTrump just took a shot at NY and NJ, saying that the states had a “very late start” in coronavirus response.
As @nancook and I reported this morning, that’s been a talking point inside the administration — which has tried to shift blame to the states.
The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration.
Dan DiamondEXCLUSIVE: White House national security officials prepared a “pandemic playbook” — a step-by-step guide to ensure testing, check on workers’ equipment, even consider the Defense Production Act.
The Trump administration ignored it. politico.com/news/2020/03/2… with @nahaltoosi
Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration e...
Dan DiamondI asked current and former officials how they read this mega-popular story, and they cautioned: While this person was a key mentor to Chinese epidemiologists, an important role to help fight their outbreak, it wasn’t a job intended to feed info to the U.S.
President Trump said Carnival vessels could alleviate pressure on hospitals. But experts say the ships aren’t suitable and question who benefits.
Dan DiamondPublic health experts say it would be a very bad idea to use cruise ships — which have been a hotbed of coronavirus — as emergency hospitals. But Trump has said the offer is under consideration, @noahweiland@maggieNYT reports.
Nurses across the country say they've been forced to take unsafe steps to ration the few masks they have left
Dan DiamondThe White House claims that enough masks are available to protect health workers “now.”
The reality: doctors and nurses already are facing shortages and rationing supplies — even before the expected surge of coronavirus patients, @AliceOllstein reports.
Dan DiamondApplications for unemployment benefits skyrocketed this week
OHIO: a nearly 7x surge to 45,000 workers
NEW JERSEY: a 12x surge to 15,000
CONNECTICUT: an 8x surge to 8,000
The biggest unemployment boom since the Great Recession is here
politico.com/news/2020/03/1… by @RebeccaARainey
In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now.
Dan Diamond“Health officials warn that this could become the worst influenza pandemic since 1918,” Trump’s aides were told — in a mock exercise with Obama officials three years ago.
Inside Obama’s effort to prep Trump for this moment. politico.com/news/2020/03/1… by @nahaltoosi@dlippman and me