The real problem with President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is his over-involvement in decision-making, leading to a lopsided distribution of power, and his lack of referral to scientific experts. The 2014 Ebola disaster led Beth Cameron to lead a global health and biodefense team for Obama's administration that could handle Ebola and future crises. Lisa Monaco, the former Homeland Security Adviser to President Barack Obama, explained that Obama was aware of his own place of expertise and firm in his decision to follow the protocol of the newly formed National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense. In moments of crisis, President Trump appears to defer to his own intuition rather than the meticulous research of his advisers. In other words, his task force serves him rather than the suffering nation. She notes that Obama’s decision not to issue a travel ban was purely because his team had not advised him to do so, and he was determined “to be guided by science and facts and speak clearly and consistently and credibly on those issues.”
In 2018, John Bolton, former adviser to Trump, “merged” three directorates of the National Security Council: “arms control and nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction terrorism, and global health and biodefense.” To be fair, the Obama administration had also considered the NSC to be quite sprawling and in need of reorganization.
Yet, Cameron explains that a pandemic tends to be a bit of a sneak attack, and because the fused directorate was now focused on myriad issues, seemingly more important, nobody saw COVID-19 coming. 
On top of it all, while Trump called together an emergency coronavirus task force, once he recognized the danger of the pandemic on January 29 of 2020, he did not seem to be on the same page with them. Stephen Hahn, a commissioner with the Food and Drug Administration, has had to provide damage control for Trump’s recent suggestion of disinfectant. Although Mike Pence is technically in charge of the coronavirus task force, Trump has asserted his presence and has powerful influence over the task force’s communication with the public, a drastically different approach than Obama’s, Vanity Fair suggests. The end goal is not set; it’s dependent on Trump’s fluctuating opinion.
Trump’s focus on the economy has left the country grossly at risk. Although the virus is still in full swing, the White House released a statement that the task force is now focused on “reopening” the nation, not because of the experts’ advice, but because of President Trump’s personal goals.