SHOCKER: No, The White House Didn’t ‘Dissolve’ Its Pandemic Response Office. I Was There.
Power Line has commentary, and a few paragraphs not behind a paywall:
As part of the effort to make the NSC more effective, the Trump administration created the counterproliferation and biodefense directorate, a consolidation of three directorates into one (the three were arms control and nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction terrorism, and global health and biodefense, which obviously overlap). Morrison says “it is this reorganization that critics have misconstrued or intentionally misrepresented.” (Emphasis added) But, “if anything, the combined directorate was stronger because related expertise could be commingled.”
In short, the “pandemic response office” was not “dissolved.” It still exists and, in Morrison’s judgment, its current staffing level is “fully up to the job.”
Morrison concedes that some of the criticism of the president’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is “warranted,” though “much [is] not.” (The odds are strongly against any leader not making mistakes in responding to something as unprecedented as this pandemic.) But the claim that Trump dissolved the pandemic response office isn’t just unwarranted. It is fake news.Power Line Blog