It snuck up in the sense that China knew what they were dealing with, hid it from the public and enabled it to travel the globe.
You want to rip the Trump admin for a subpar or bad response, fine. But don't carry water for the Chi-comms. Their culpability for this global pandemic vastly and exponentially eclipses how other governments have responded and that includes Trump.
#12 | POSTED BY JEFFJ
Why do I give a crap about the Chinese response? Or any other government response?
Are you actually saying you EXPECTED China to be completely transparent and forthright in this situation? If not, do you think that you are a genius among conservatives and all the rest of them (especially the ones you decided to put in charge of the government) are too dumb to realize that China might NOT be transparent?
The important question is how do we prevent this from happening in the future. That is why "blame" is important. How do you PROPOSE to change China's behavior, Jeff? Because last I checked they were a sovereign country. And they are pretty much going to do what they want regardless of what YOU want them to do.
Though, there are things we can control. Knowing how we expect China to react in a similar situation we can put mechanisms in place to counter it or at least lower the risk. One thing you could do is have a portion of government keeping an eye out for these threats. Lets give it a random name like... Pandemic Response Team. Then, even if China DOES NOT do everything perfectly how Jeff wants them to, you have people watching out for that and preparing to respond properly in the US.
Refusing to just whine about something that we have no control over (another country's response) is not "holding water" for them. It is acknowledging our limitations. We vote for OUR government, not theirs. We expect OUR GOVERNMENT to respond to the best of its ability. And YOU are "holding his water" by saying that its not all poor Trump's fault that he had a terrible response, because the Chinese did what we would have expected them to do anyways.
This is why we need to get conservatives out of government. They absolutely refuse to take responsibility for their shortcomings, hence why they are always screwing things up and repeating their mistakes. You cannot learn from a mistake unless you are willing to actually ACKNOWLEDGE it was a mistake (as opposed to just blaming it on the Chinese).