The entire world is on high alert due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus. Jobs have shut down, stay at home sanctions are in effect, and everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing. Considering everyone is at home, likely watching television, the main face they see on a daily basis is President Donald Trump. He has plenty of knowledgeable people at his disposal, but he opted to go to someone else for advice.
According to John Santucci of ABC News, President Trump called former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, along with Jennifer Lopez, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic response.
A source close to Rodriguez told @ABC the call with Trump was “pleasant” adding that Trump was seeking thoughts from ARod about the coronavirus response. Sources say there was no discussion of AROD or his fiancé Jennifer Lopez taking on any official effort.
— John Santucci (@Santucci) March 28, 2020
No, this wasn't an Onion headline. This legitimately happened. The conversation was reportedly "pleasant," so yeah...there's that.
Trump has access to the greatest medical minds in America, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Instead, he's looking for advice from A-Rod. Okay, then.
But hey, Trump also spoke with Tom Brady, new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, earlier in the week. Maybe TB referred the President to Rodriguez for some guidance.
I just don’t know what to do to handle this pandemic. I guess I’ll call Alex Rodriguez. https://t.co/zUK9jWBvSb
— kat (@mankattan) March 28, 2020
Look, this isn't downplaying Rodriguez as a person. He's got a mind for business. But he simply isn't the person to ask for help during a medical crisis. Trump needs to heed the advice of health officials to combat this viral outbreak the correct way for the sake of everyone in the country.