US President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis places the United States in a vulnerable spot, both domestically and on the global stage, said CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd.
“From a national security perspective, we are deep into the danger zone,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper early Friday morning. “On a strategic level, the notion that the President was unwilling or unable to do what was necessary to protect himself doesn’t inspire confidence in the credibility of the United States to confront the global challenge. That is a major win for our adversaries.”
“On a tactical level, Anderson, this is a moment of prime vulnerability. We know our adversaries, whether it be nation states or criminal actors look for vulnerabilities in the national security apparatus.”
White House crisis response: Vinograd added that she had been inside the White House during previous crises, and that the administration is likely conducting crisis mitigation right now. This includes diverting critical resources to respond to the threat — meaning some areas are going to be weakened, with fewer resources.
“The fact of the matter is that the President of the United States is compromised when it comes to doing his job. He, Hope Hicks and likely several other members of the senior national security apparatus are not going to be able to fully perform their duties and responsibilities,” she said.
“That means that there are vulnerabilities in the coverage of national security threats. We don’t have all hands on deck. This is a key moment of vulnerability when it comes to national security.”