Many leaders around the world and in this country underestimated the seriousness of the disease. In January the Chinese told the WHO the disease could not be transmitted from person-to-person, when they already knew it was highly contagious. After Trump imposed major travel restrictions, the Chinese called it an overreaction. Several major Democrat politicians parroted that line. The Mayor of New York City invited people to visit for the Chinese New Year and told everybody it was safe. New Orleans held its Mardi Gras celebration. Leaders in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Iran all were in retrospect slow to react. Trump did appoint a task force of experts and he did order testing and ramped up production of medical supplies. He made a major mistake relying on the CDC for testing. It refused to accept the tests procedures developed by other countries and instead came up with a cumbersome protocol of sending tests to Atlanta. He has also made inaccurate statements and issued wishful projections. But he has been actively leading and changing specific positions in light of new data and the evolving situation. He is listening and taking the advice of his team of public health experts. He is ramping up production of medical supplies. His critics opposed his travel restrictions- they were wrong then and their criticism was motivated by partisan politics, not concern for public health. Trump has praised numerous Democrat governors and mayors and has tried to work together with political leaders on all sides.

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