Democrats' pandemic attacks ignore Trump's 100-plus executive actions

Trump early on banned travel from China, a move Biden later endorsed, used dozens of executive orders to fight COVID-19, and is fast-tracking vaccine development.

Updated: August 19, 2020 - 2:25pm

Democrats have used their presidential nominating convention to forcefully attack President Trump's leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet their narrative has left out the White House's long list of actions against the coronavirus.

Just the News compiled a detailed list of more than 100 significant executive actions taken by the Trump administration to fight the virus since it spread from Wuhan, China, earlier this year. They range from fast-tracking a vaccine through public-private partnerships to sealing the border early on from infected locations.

And last week the White House released a report documenting 78 times the Trump administration used the Defense Production Act since March to fight COVID-19.

Yet Michelle Obama said Monday night that "More than 150,000 people have died, and our economy is in shambles because of a virus that this president downplayed for too long."

The former first lady offered no evidence that Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and also failed to mention that Trump early on banned travel from China, a move that Democratic nominee Joe Biden (who at first called the ban "xenophobic") later endorsed.

"We saw the failure of a government that tried to deny the virus, then tried to ignore it, and then try to politicize it," Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), said Monday night, leaving out that Cuomo himself has overseen the state in the highest number of deaths in the country and a tragic toll in the state's nursing homes.

Cuomo also left out that he himself had repeatedly praised Trump's leadership throughout the crisis, including Trump's move to bring in military ships to serve as makeshift coronavirus hospitals--facilities that didn't need to be used. 

Former President Bill Clinton claimed that Trump failed to show Oval Office leadership during the pandemic.

"When asked about the surge in deaths, [Trump] shrugged and said, 'It is what it is.' But did it have to be this way?" Clinton asked. "No. COVID hit us much harder than it had to. We have just 4% of the world's population, 25% of the world's COVID cases."

Clinton's claim ignores data from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center showing that America's case-to-mortality ratio, e.g. the measure of how effective a country is at preventing COVID-19 deaths among those who are infected, is better than developed nations like Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, and many more.

"When he didn't like the expert advice he was given, he ignored it," Clinton claimed on Tuesday night, yet offered no evidence of this assertion that directly conflicts with repeated statements from the main kedical professional advising the president like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, who have led the White House Coronavirus Task Force.