PHOENIX — Today, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on CNN that the White House is “not going to control the pandemic,” signaling that the Trump administration is giving up on any plan to contain the coronavirus and protect the American people.
Meadows’ comments come after Trump falsely claimed during the debate that “there was a very big spike in Arizona — it’s now gone.” Arizona’s infection and hospitalization rates are rising across the state.
“The disease is now spreading at its fastest rate here since June, just before the state became a COVID-19 epicenter this summer,” according to the Arizona Republic. “In Arizona, daily case counts, hospitalizations, percent positivity, ventilators in use and the rate at which the virus spreads have all increased in recent weeks. Nearly 6,000 Arizonans have died from COVID-19 so far. About 235,000 Arizonans have tested positive.”
In response, Gilbert radiation oncologist Davis Romney released the following statement on behalf of the Arizona Democratic Party:
“While Arizona communities are still suffering from the terrible toll the pandemic has already taken, Trump’s White House is openly admitting they are giving up on containing the coronavirus. To further underscore this administration’s failure of leadership, Mike Pence is out recklessly campaigning despite a coronavirus outbreak within his innermost circle. Arizona’s small businesses and families are facing difficult challenges as case counts and other metrics rise across the state. It didn’t have to be this bad, but Trump failed to lead and now Arizonans are paying the price. Arizona families deserve leaders who will fight for them and help them build back better. The only way we will recover from Trump’s failed leadership is to vote early for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”