Neither is the White Home apparently coordinating such efforts with out CDC enter: The Occasions notes that on CBS’ Face the Nation, Dr. Scott Gottlieb reported that “he had spoken to a number of officers who attended the Rose Backyard occasion and who had not been spoken to by any contact tracers.
The query, then, stays why. It’s doable that the White Home is just that incompetent, unable to muster a contact tracing response to an apparently superspreading occasion even when that occasion is on White Home grounds, and with the total cooperation of the entire of federal authorities out there to help.
Nevertheless it’s extra seemingly that the White Home is deliberately flubbing the monitoring of who has or has not examined optimistic after the occasion as a result of they do not wish to discover out. The unfold of COVID-19 to a number of senators, journalists, administration employees members and others is already a political embarrassment for Crew Trump; for them to now actively work to cover the scope of the outbreak is, for this crowd of amoral and sociopathic cretins, an anticipated response.
It could be that quite a few different elected officers and members of Trump’s staff check optimistic within the coming days. It could even be that the White Home intends to say we’ll “by no means know” how, exactly, they turned contaminated, leaving it to exterior observers to attempt such tracking themselves.
There’s additionally a darker risk right here, however one that can not be ignored. On Monday, Trump held an uncommon Rose Backyard pandemic briefing that featured one thing now we have nearly by no means seen earlier than: strict social distancing, a minimum of for Trump, with all different audio system using a separate podium at least 12 feet from his own. This, from a White Home that has been contemptuous of social distancing—and from Trump, who would stay contemptuous of social distancing in his debate in opposition to Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday.
So there’s anecdotal purpose to assume the White Home might have suspected or recognized Trump himself was contaminated on Monday, earlier than the controversy. That Melania Trump, who was introduced to have examined optimistic on the identical time the White Home introduced Donald was, was the one member of the household to put on a masks through the debate (which she eliminated earlier than approaching Donald) can also be … suggestive.
The White Home has been steadfastly refusing to disclose simply when Trump’s final destructive COVID-19 check passed off. They’ve apparently undertaken no coordinated tracing efforts, regardless of the Rose Backyard occasion internet hosting dozens of Trump’s most necessary allies. There’s not so much right here to encourage confidence that Trump and his staff are treating the Rose Backyard pandemic with any extra seriousness or honesty than they’ve all through the 210,000 U.S. deaths and counting.
Trump Vice President Mike Pence, within the meantime, is constant to himself ignore calls to quarantine. Presuming Pence will not be merely a sociopath, one clarification could be that Pence himself hid an earlier COVID-19 prognosis, one gentle sufficient to be efficiently shielded from public view. We will choose to consider that, as a result of Pence’s actions now would in any other case be completely indefensible.