This is actually a political football...at least in Donald Trump’s mind.
When you thirst for power you will do anything. When you want greatness at any cost, you will do anyting.
This is Donald Trump, the man who is consistently engaging in a game of Covid-19 Political Football...at the cost of lives.
“Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday rejected the professional scientific conclusions of his own government about the prospects for a widely available coronavirus vaccine and the effectiveness of masks in curbing the spread of the virus as the death toll in the United States from the disease neared 200,000.
In a remarkable display even for him, Mr. Trump publicly slapped down Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the president promised that a vaccine could be available in weeks and go ‘immediately’ to the general public while diminishing the usefulness of masks despite evidence to the contrary. The New York Times.
“Meadows disputes CDC director's vaccine timeline
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday joined President Trump in pushing back against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield's comments on a timeline for a possible coronavirus vaccine, saying Redfield was not clued into what those "closest to the process" know about vaccine distribution.
Meadows was asked on "Fox & Friends" about Trump's comments Wednesday disputing Redfield's congressional testimony that a vaccine would not be available to the general American public until mid-2021.
Trump told reporters that Redfield made a "mistake" and was "confused" by questions from lawmakers, insisting that a vaccine would be available to the public "immediately" once it is deemed viable.
‘If I were a betting man, I would bet on President Trump,’ Meadows told the hosts. ‘Based on what I know behind the scenes, how quickly we are moving on the clinical trials, I think that we will at least have some results in October and as we start to look at those results, I can tell you the president is pushing very hard to make sure that we're delivering a vaccine before the end of the year.’
‘I'm not sure where Dr. Redfield got his particular timetable, but it is not based on those that are closest to the process,’ Meadows continued.” The Hill
With Donald Trump, and those around him, it is always politics first, human health and safety last.
We hope Trump is right and that a life saving vaccine becomes available as he promises. Reality tells us, however, this is another attempt at running the Covid football down the playing field for a touch down on Election Day.