Source: podcast “Cape Up”, April 3, 2020

We left behind a 69-page playbook, which was sort of ‘Pandemic for Dummies.’ If you don’t know where to start, start here, and ask these questions and do these things,” Rice told me in the latest episode of “Cape Up.” “And, apparently, if they weren’t thrown into garbage bins, they sat on the shelves and collected dust.”

Today, Rice’s nightmare is our reality. And she believes President Trump, from his rhetoric to his actions, is not helping matters. “The president of the United States almost says boastfully that we will have done ‘a very good job’ if he can contain deaths to between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans,” Rice said with exasperation.

“In what circle of hell, Jonathan, is that a good outcome?”

Susan Rice is a former American public official who served as the 24th U.S. National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. Rice was on the staff of the National Security Council and was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton’s second term. A Brookings Institution fellow, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nationsfrom 2009 to 2013. The U.S. Senate confirmed her as ambassador by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009