By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is an issue that demands continuity in a government response it must include the health and well-being of our head of state and commander in chief.
Are we getting now from the White House as Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, battle the coronavirus? Hardly.
We are getting more of the chaotic mixed messaging that has afflicted the White House since, oh, when Trump became president.
Donald Trump is a patient at Walter Reed Medical Center. The doctors tell us that Trump’s condition is progressing; then we hear from others close to the situation that Trump’s vital signs are “worrisome” and that the next 48 hours will be critical.
Which is it?
Americans cannot get a clear reading of whether the doctors administered oxygen to Trump. White House doctors tell us that he doesn’t have oxygen “right now,” or “today.” No mention of whether he ever has received it.
We don’t know when Trump might have tested positive for the virus and whether he continued his activities for another full day after getting the diagnosis.
So many questions. The White House seems unable or unwilling to deliver a clear, unambiguous message. What’s at stake? The health of the president. Not only that, we have our national security apparatus in potential jeopardy when the public does not have a clear understanding of the president’s health.
Donald Trump, lest we forget, happens to be part of a major at-risk group: elderly, overweight males are among those most vulnerable to serious symptoms if they test positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Therefore, we need a crystal clear message that tells us the whole truth about the physical condition of president.
Stop the chaos!