Trump’s Former Homeland Security Advisor Slams Coronavirus Response: ‘Wasting Time and Energy’

Trump’s Former Homeland Security Advisor Slams Coronavirus Response: ‘Wasting Time and Energy’

Former Homeland Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, Tom Bossert, harshly criticized the administration’s reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak. Bossert focused on yesterday’s announcement of new travel restrictions on EU nations.

“There’s little value to European travel restrictions,” Bossert wrote on Twitter. Poor use of time & energy. Earlier, yes. Now, travel restrictions/screening are less useful. We have nearly as much disease here in the US as the countries in Europe. We MUST focus on layered community mitigation measures-Now!”

“I have a great public health colleague who manages outbreaks by asking: Two weeks from now, what will we wish we had done today,'” Bossert went on. “He puts that question in a little time capsule, and asks you two weeks later what you wish you had said, in retrospect.”

“In two weeks, we will regret wasting time and energy on travel restrictions and wish we focused more on hospital preparation and large scale community mitigation.”

Bossert resigned as Homeland Security Advisor in 2018 following the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor. When he left, the global health security team he oversaw was dissolved. He has since become critical of the administration.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.