1) I am not sure what to think of any of this.
2)One would imagine that, for something as specialized as a massive disease outbreak, the whole of the CDC would be accountable.
3) It takes expert knowledge to really deal with this individually. The President's test would be to what degree he heeded the information.
4) The cuts to the pandemic teams, etc., can easily be portrayed as efforts to consolidate power over the situation in the CDC, which I would find to be logical.
There is no need for it to be divided across so many agencies and then create bureaucratic difficulties.
1) It's not hard.
2) You mean the section that deals with epidemics and pandemics.
3) Trump ripped the guts out of the pandemic teams.
4) You don't realise how complicated this gets. When you are trying to juggle a few thousand balls, you need a lot of people that can juggle. There used to be a White House pandemic team, they would coordinate with the pandemic teams at other agencies, American hospitals, foreign medical services, foreign countries, etc. The CDC is supposed to set the rules, which they hand off to HHS and medical staff around the world. Then you would have other teams buying testing kits, buying emergency supplies. Every doc, nurse, cop, mayor, governor, foreign head of state needs to be in the loop. This is similar to getting ready for an old style war, where millions of people are directly and indirectly involved. It is the very definition of a big, hairy deal.