When Covid-19 “knocked on the door” of the White House, the US government faced a greater risk when a pandemic could disrupt the work of government administration and national security.
Covid-19 spread to the White House
A day after the White House confirmed US President Donald Trump’s attendant with Covid-19, Vice President Mike Pence’s Press Secretary, Katie Miller, also found positive for the new corona virus that caused pneumonia. this level.
These are the first two cases in the White House of Covid-19. This raises the question that, when avoiding the risk of infecting people working in the most powerful office in the United States, it is not easy even if employees are tested at least weekly. even daily, how can businesses reopen safely.
Currently President Trump, Vice President Pence and all staff in close contact with them are tested daily in an effort that the White House says take all the best precautions to protect the health of those in need. the head of government.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters last week: “We have implemented a number of additional measures over the past 48 hours. This may be the safest place. ” However, the fact is that both the President, the Vice President of the United States and most of their aides are not wearing masks. Even in the context of more than 1.3 million people in the US with Covid-19, more than 80,000 died, the White House still prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make new recommendations because they think the recommendations This is overly cautious.
“I know, when I go back, I will face the risk. Sitting at home is now safer than going to the West wing (of the White House), which has the testing capacity, the best medical team on the planet but is quite cramped, ”Kevin Hassett, CNN quoted a President Trump’s senior economic adviser said.
Cases in the White House have fueled controversy over the Covid-19 test to control the spread of the epidemic as more states begin to lift restrictions to reopen.
Mr. Trump said that the US has enough testing capacity to reopen the economy even when medical experts believe that it is necessary to increase the testing scale again to better control the epidemic. Harvard University’s Global Health Institute estimates this week that the US needs to perform at least 900,000 tests a day between now and May 15, but this is currently only at 250,000 tests.
“Whether or not we can stop, we will know soon. However, the fact that a place is best protected, access to the best measures to reduce the risk cannot prevent the virus, this will reduce the belief in the ability to beat the disease soon. “, The New York Times quoted US national security analyst Juliette Kayyem as saying.
Threatening to national security
Numerous senior US officials had to quarantine themselves because of Covid-19. Media reported last weekend, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, Chief of the US Navy Chief of Staff Michael Gilday, had to quarantine himself after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19. Bloomberg yesterday said Vice President Pence also quarantined himself because employees had Covid-19, however, a spokesman for Mr. Pence later denied this information.
The latest developments raise concerns that Covid-19 could threaten the administration of US government and national security. CNN commented, if Covid-19 spread uncontrollably in the community at the White House, it would be a “disaster”. In the event that the President or Vice President is unable to continue his administration of the government due to Covid-19, it will be a great loss to the US executive branch and the government is at risk of paralysis when Spread occurs in groups of people with important executive roles.
In fact, the first two cases of Covid-19 in the White House were all regular contacts with other members of the White House. That increased the risk of a widespread epidemic and did not exclude the possibility that those who were responsible for ensuring US national security also became victims of Covid-19.
Who will run if the White House “falls”?
To date, the President and Vice President of the United States have all tested negative for corona virus. However, what would happen if neither the President nor the Vice President could continue the administration run by Covid-19.
Channel News Asia reported that, according to the US constitution, in the event that both the President and Vice President are temporarily unable to continue running the government, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will assume the role.
Earlier, Newsweek reported in March that a secret document said that the US military had a secret plan if the Covid-19 epidemic continued to complicate the operation of the US government. The document states that, in the event that all those who can replace the President who runs the country in accordance with the constitution cannot continue, the military will take control.
According to Newsweek, CNN