According to the report, Navarro then attempted to cobble together a solution by allocating more than $ 1 billion in government funding to fill an anticipated supply gap.
Navarro, who served as Trump’s trade advisor, warned the president on March 1, 2020 to move “IN” TRUMP TIME “to invest in drug ingredients, hand-held coronavirus testing, and other tools to fight the virus memo received from the selected subcommittee of the House on the coronavirus outbreak. Navarro also said he had tried to purchase more protective gear like masks and criticized the government’s pace.
Trump time? Where did the idea that Donald Trump work at lightning speed come from? I mean, I’ve seen him excited and (probably) obsessed with Adderall, but that’s not the same as demonstrating a strong sense of urgency. I also saw my dog licking angrily for a few minutes before resuming his nap. Same damn thing.
“There is NO downside risk in taking quick action as an insurance policy against a potentially very serious public health emergency. If the Covid-19 crisis recedes quickly, we will only have guilty of prudence, ”wrote Navarro to the president. At that point, there were about 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and only two deaths related to the outbreak.
Donald Trump thinks no further than what he will have for dessert. It’s cute that Navarro thought he could start a fire under Trump, but the only emergency Trump would ever acknowledge is having his own hair literally on fire.
But after Trump ignored Navarro’s recommendations, the trade advisor followed his own strategy of sourcing supplies with little control, Democrats said. Subsequently, Navarro Eastman directed Kodak on a $ 765 million loan to manufacture Generic Ingredients, a $ 354 million pharmaceutical ingredients contract to a start-up called Phlow, and a $ 96 million contract for powered breathing apparatus and filters from AirBoss Defense Group.
Okay, at this point you might be thinking, “Well, at least Navarro was trying to do something.” And of course it’s nice to give him the benefit of the doubt, especially since Trump tried to get him out of the way. But then you don’t know how important it is not to find the top consultants for your administration on Amazon.
According to the Post, the loan to Kodak was suspended last year after several investigations by the congressional committee. For one, Kodak had never made drugs before (it was a camera store for those younger than my toenail fungus). Phlow had also never made drugs before, which makes sense as it wasn’t added until January 2020.
So yes. Curious.
The craziness doesn’t stop there. One of the things Kodak suggested to the administration was a proposal to make hydroxycholoroquine that the ocher abomination had been looking forward to as if it were the last bucket of Extra Crispy in the universe.
On Wednesday, Rep. James Clyburn, chairman of the House’s select subcommittee on the coronavirus outbreak, asked HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to release more information about Navarro’s plans. The South Carolinian also had some harsh words for the previous administration: “These documents provide further evidence that, despite urgent warnings in the spring of 2020, the Trump administration was not reacting quickly to the coronavirus pandemic and not implementing a national strategy to alleviate critical supply shortages that put that at risk Lives of Americans and took an arbitrary and ineffective approach to sourcing, with senior White House officials selling contracts to certain companies without due diligence or competition, ”wrote Clyburn and other Democrats in a letter to Becerra.
In other words, Donald Trump screwed it up, and the guy his son-in-law found on Amazon tried and failed to make something out of the hash he got.
That said, he’s still mega bonkers.
Peter Navarro calls COVID-19 the “Fauci virus”, calls Fauci “the father” of the virus and accuses him of allowing China and the People’s Liberation Army to “genetically modify” COVID-19.
Hostess Rachel Campos-Duffy lets it slide. pic.twitter.com/5pINTVc8Pc
– nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) March 30, 2021
Fortunately, we now have people dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic who are both committed and knowledgeable.