Pence right man to lead U.S. response to coronavirus threat

Feb. 28, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement defending the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak:

“Democrats try to politicize everything, and their incredibly ignorant complaints about the President’s putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of coordinating the U.S. response to the coronavirus are beyond the pale.

“Pence is not putting on a lab coat, he will be leading the inter-governmental response including coordination with foreign nations. A potentially serious global threat needs a global response that puts the gravity of the threat into perspective and that cannot be done without civilian leadership involved.  We need all the help we can get.

“Most people do not know that each federal government agency has emergency preparation plans that prepare for many worst case scenarios including a potential pandemic.  The Vice President’s helmsmanship will ensure that our government’s national and international preparation and response is comprehensive without creating undo concern in the general public. To try to proceed without White House leadership would be utterly irresponsible and could lead to chaos as agencies pursue different and conflicting paths. Under the Constitution, President Trump is ultimately responsible for the executive branch response and he would not be doing his job if did not put the Vice President who has the proven experience as a governor dealing with agencies and their conflicts.”


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