"They claim that pandemics only happen every hundred years, but what if it's no longer true? We'll be ready for the next one early, because the Obama administration clearly doesn't leave any kind of game plan to this administration," he said. McConnell.
"That's right," replied Lara Trump.
It was the opposite of the right.
The playbook – 40 pages plus annex – contains step-by-step advice on questions to ask, decisions to make, and what federal agencies are responsible for what. It includes sample documents that officials can use for meetings between agencies. And it explicitly lists new coronaviruses as one of the types of pathogens that may require greater response.
The color-coded checklist style document addresses issues such as testing, financing, personal protective equipment, emergency declarations, border control measures, diplomacy, military use, public communications, and even equality services.
It contains dozens of key questions that you can ask at certain stages of the answer ("Should there be schemes for medevac or international clinical care counseling for American people?" "What is the robustness of contact tracking?" "Is the event likely to affect housing so that alternative housing needs may be needed? ") and dozens of important decisions to make (" Decide whether to implement screening and surveillance measures, or other travel actions in the United States or globally ";" Prioritization and allocation of resources subject to Defense Production Act ";" Tailored Waste Management plans to introduce specific conditions ").
"While each growing infectious threat will present itself in a unique way, a consistent, feature-based approach to meeting these threats will allow for faster decisions with more targeted expert content from federal departments and agencies," the document states.
There is absolutely valid criticism of Obama's pandemic preparations, and it is possible to claim that the playbook was insufficient for the current pandemic. A current NSC official, whom Politico cited anonymously, described the 2016 document as "quite dated." It is not clear who in the Trump administration saw the 69-page playbook.
Still, it is clearly not true that Obama left no "game plan" at all.
McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.