President Trump ‘Appears Unconcerned’ About Addressing Health Threats, Protecting U.S. From Potential Outbreaks

Chicago Sun-Times: The many ways germophobe Donald Trump is making Americans less physically safe
Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, author, and former presidential candidate

“Donald Trump, though a self-described germophobe, appears unconcerned about the exposure of other Americans to germs and disease. Leading infectious disease scientists are warning us of a coming global influenza pandemic — not if, but when — yet Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, has closed down a seasoned two-man global health security team. The Washington Post reported the news last week of ‘the abrupt departure’ of Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, a respected scientist from the National Security Council who is the ‘top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic.’ At the time of Ziemer’s expulsion, a new Ebola outbreak in the Congo had just been reported. … Trump wants to take America back to the days of … horrifying influenza epidemics…” (5/23).

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