US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin allegedly made a mistake in an interview with CNBC on April 28th … [+]
It was probably a slip of the tongue by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Nonetheless, the statement amazed some on the Twittersphere.
On Friday, Mnuchin made a comment on CNBC that was captured in the video accompanying this tweet:
As you can see, Mnuchin said, “We are working on the mass distribution of the virus,” with the “we” apparently referring to the Trump administration.
All right, the United States has already had at least 11,915,859 cases of Covid-19 coronavirus, nearly a fifth of the world’s cases, and at least 254,451 deaths related to Covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Both numbers lead the world by far. Despite the fact that cases have spiked over the past month, the Trump Administration and the White House Coronavirus Task Force have not held regular press conferences for information on how they are (or not) dealing with the situation.
How did the people in the country of O ‘Twitter think that this “mass distribution of the virus” was going? Well there was:
And some “fact-checking”:
In fact, everyone and their mother should know that Severe Coronavirus 2 with Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV2) is not well controlled in the United States. with what he said. For example:
On the same day, US President Donald Trump said during a press conference: “I have stayed true to special interests”:
Isn’t that something special? Presumably Trump wanted to say something else besides special interests. After all, the American people are not “of special interest”. Nevertheless the two join together:
OK, so gaffes, tongue slips, misspellings, and anything else you’d like to call mouth blemishes pop up. Since the political leaders give so many speeches and briefings, they have to get mixed up here and there. Former Vice President Dan Quayle certainly had his share. Remember when he said that “Republicans understand the importance of the bond between mother and child,” which would be interesting, and “what a waste it is to go mad. Or to have no mind is very wasteful. How true that is “what is actually true. Former President George W. Bush once told us, “I know how hard it is for you to feed your family,” which you shouldn’t do, especially if it’s turkey and mashed potatoes. There Bush said: “The question is seldom asked: Are our children learning?” What he said is true. That is seldom the question. Hopefully, however, the following statement from Bush was not entirely true: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people and neither do we. “
Verbal gaffes are also not reserved for any political party. During a primary Democratic debate, President-elect Joe Biden said, to crack down on violence against women, “We just have to change the culture, period. And keep hitting it and hitting it and hitting it again. “Maybe not the best choice of words. Biden also said, “I refuse to accept the notion that the United States of America will not run the world economically during the 20th century,” when it has already done so. So that doesn’t mean that every single word a political leader says should be taken seriously.
Mnuchin’s suspected slip of the tongue, however, underscores a major concern: the mass distribution of everything, whether it’s the virus, vaccine, or Twinkies, depends on national coordination or lack of it. You can’t stop the spread of Severe Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) with Acute Respiratory Syndrome by leaving it to the conditions. It’s like telling the players, “OK, each of you do what you want” before a big soccer game. The virus does not respect state borders. The virus doesn’t say, “Damn it, I forgot my EZ pass and can’t cross this toll booth.”
Similarly, the mass distribution of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, if and when it is available, requires coordination at the national level. Can you imagine what will happen if it is available in some places but not in others, or if each state has a different way of making the vaccine available? This could lead to people wondering what’s going on, people traveling to other states to get the vaccine, and chaos. There might even be people trying to resell the vaccine or offer counterfeit replicas of the vaccine. Imagine commercials like, “For a limited time only, you can get this male enhancement pill and a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the same time. That way, you can make it harder to get infected and you will get the picture. “
Ultimately, transparency will also be crucial. It is not enough to say that you are working on something. It could be like telling your significant other, “I’m working to get you to trust me. Please don’t ask me what I’m doing right now. And if someone calls in the middle of the night, it’s Jake at the state farm. “What is the plan to control the spread of the virus right now? What are the plans to distribute the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine? What else has to be determined? How can the scientific and public health communities help?
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “We’re all together” so many times this year that you feel like you are on the set of High School Musical. The phrase is correct no matter how well your villa is secured with toilet paper. A coordinated response to the pandemic therefore needs to be in place. And coordination requires open and clear communication. Otherwise, the mass distribution of a vaccine could lead to mass failure.