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Coronavirus: Crisis should explode myth of "America First"

We have little idea of how bad the pandemic is. Xenophobia and arrogance seem to have put our citizens at greater risk. Rather than request the German-made test kits offered by the World Health Organization, the Trump administration insisted on using only U.S.-made kits. The C.D.C then bungled the manufacture and distribution of its kits and only belatedly enlisted outside laboratories. The lack of testing remains the greatest failure of the administration's response.

The United States can't defeat any pandemic alone. Even for the most nationalistic, this crisis should explode the myth of "America First." So long as the virus is prevalent anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. That is why we must cooperate with partners globally and invest in helping other countries to contain this and future pandemics. Viruses are equal-opportunity killers. They don't care whether you live in countries President Trump denigrates or the richest nations on earth.

Source: N. Y. Times 2020 analysis of coronavirus policy , Mar 13, 2020

Ebola crisis: would have resigned if Obama closed the border

This was in 2014, when we were wrestling with the Ebola epidemic. Lawmakers here were freaking out and demanding the closure of the border. One of the proposals on the table wasy to restrict the ability of anybody who had traveled to the three affected countries to come to the United States. It would have meant that all legitimate travel from that region would have been cut off, which would have been the economic death knell for the countries of West Africa, plus it would have grossly stigmatized West Africans here in the United States. I said to myself at that moment, if he were to make the wrong decision, this would be a point where I would have to part company. He did not make the wrong decision. As usual, he applied reason and science and resisted the political pressure. But it was for me a brief white-knuckle moment.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 Veepstakes , Nov 14, 2019

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