Posted by: maboulette | March 30, 2020

Trump’s Disastrous Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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This timeline clearly and definitively shows that Trump knew a pandemic was coming, knew the US was unprepared for it, and left the US helpless to contain or combat the virus.

JANUARY 11, 2017

“Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is ‘no doubt’ Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.”

JANUARY 13, 2017

Outgoing members of the Obama Administration walked Trump’s team through their pandemic playbook. Rather than following the playbook, the Trump Administration would wing it, fail miserably, and blame Obama.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Trump’s CDC announced plans to cut its efforts to fight global pandemics by 80%, scaling back operations in the world’s hot spots for emerging infectious disease, including removing personnel from China.

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

The US Intelligence Community released its annual intelligence assessment identifying coronaviruses as “having pandemic potential if they were to acquire efficient human-to-human transmissibility.”

MAY 2018

Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, guts the NSC’s pandemic unit and fires the NSC’s pandemic expert leaving the position vacant and never filling it.

AUGUST 2018

Trump is warned that his tariffs on Chinese goods will lead to a shortage in medical equipment due to most such equipment coming from China. Trump ignored the warning and imposed the tariffs, creating the exact shortage he was warned of.

JANUARY-AUGUST, 2019

The Trump Administration ran a pandemic simulation called Crimson Contagion, resulting in a report concluding that the Administration was woefully unprepared for a pandemic, including being short on PPE. Nothing was done to fix it.

JULY 2019

Trump eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, leaving the US without an observer on the ground in the most likely spot in the world to spark a global pandemic.

OCTOBER 2019

Trump shut down the US Agency for International Development’s “PREDICT” project to track and research potential pandemic diseases, a move widely panned as making the world more vulnerable to a pandemic.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020

Trump received intelligence briefings throughout January and February warning that coronavirus was likely to result in a global pandemic, but maintained publicly that the pandemic was completely contained.

JANUARY 11, 2020

 China published coronavirus genome allowing tests to be developed. While South Korea was able to roll out widespread testing in early February 2020, Trump’s CDC would be unable to produce a reliable test until late March.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020

Trump’s CDC declined to copy the WHO coronavirus test and created its own faulty test, leaving the US without testing until late March and losing the chance of containment. Trump’s FDA also hampered private test development efforts.

JANUARY 22, 2020

Trump told a reporter he was not concerned about the coronavirus becoming a pandemic and said it was completely under control.

FEBRUARY 7, 2020

While downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic and knowing the US’s strategic reserves were insufficient to combat a global pandemic, Trump facilitated the transportation of 17.8 tons of privately donated medical equipment to China.

FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Trump attempted to manipulate the stock market stating that it is “starting to look very good,” despite later claiming to know at the time of his statement that the world faced a serious pandemic that would surely destroy the US economy.

MARCH 20, 2020

Trump promoted unproven drug treatments as if they were miracle cures.

INFORMATION

The information on this timeline was taken from a thread on Twitter that was put together by Uncle Blazer @blakesmache who identifies himself as a lawyer without any inside information and who follows the investigations on Trump.  I put this together in this timeline so others not on Twitter could follow this.  I will not add to this after today.  If anything extremely important comes from Uncle Blazer on Twitter, I will add it to my Facebook page.

Reading this will show that Trump does not deserve to be re-elected in November.

 


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