Letter: Federal leadership was asleep at the wheel

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 23, 2020

When the present occupant of the White House and his followers try to rewrite history, they ignore and deny the facts.   False news coming out of the White House and Fox News are trying to change the facts to meet their politics. Long before this coronavirus entered the shores of the U.S., important positions in the U.S. government were cut, including a team that had been in place to meet just such pandemics, and plans for handling it by both the two preceding administrations were trashed and ignored. Facts show that U.S. intelligence revealed the coming virus in November. 

The U.S., supposedly the greatest nation, was ill-prepared for the coming crisis because the leadership was asleep at the wheel. Early on, statements of denial and down-playing the impact came out clearly from the White House. And, now, after many governors, including N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper,  bravely took steps to lessen the deadly impact and provide leadership, the cooperation and proper support from the federal leader is lacking. Much false blame is thrown around everywhere but at the top. 

The lack of leadership from Washington was there for a long time, but it has never been more glaring than with the deadly pandemic that has hit the U.S. head-on.

— Pat Bullard

China Grove