Noam Chomsky on Covid 19 and Trump Administration
"A type of pandemic like Covid 19 was anticipated by the US government all throughout Trump's term, even before- going back to Sars epidemic in 2002-2004.
Trump's reaction was to cut back preparation for it.
Astonishingly this continued even after the coronavirus pandemic hit.
On February 10 when it was already serious, Trump released his budget for the upcoming year, take a look at it. The budget continues the defunding for the center of disease control and other government institutions responsible for health, continues to defund them.
It increases funding for some things, like fossil fuel production, his new subsidies for the fossil fuel industries.
It's as if the country is simply... maybe not as if.. the country is simply run by psychopaths. And the results are that we are cutting back the efforts to deal with the pandemic that is taking shape... and we increase the efforts to destroy the environment. The efforts in which the United States, under the Trump administration, is in the lead, in racing to the abyss. And bear in mind, I don't have to tell you, is the far more serious threat than the coronavirus. Now this is bad, serious, particularly in the united states. But we will recover somehow, with serious cost. We are not going to recover from the melting of the polar ice sheet."