“A coordinated response from the CDC, the FDA, and the White House would have been important in containing the virus in the early stages,” Thomas Tsai, a health policy researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, told Business Insider. “And we missed that opportunity.”
THREAD — A timeline of Trump’s coronavirus statements:
Jan. 22: “It’s going to be just fine. We have it totally under control.”
Jan. 24: “It will all work out well.”
Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control.”
Intelligence reports warned about a pandemic in January. Trump reportedly ignored them.
As Trump reportedly received intelligence reports about the seriousness of the coronavirus threat, he continued to downplay its severity in public. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/3/21/21189179/coronavirus-trump-intelligence-reports-warned-pandemic
Sam bee covid warning Premiered Jan 29, 2020
Fox and Limbaugh lies and downplay virus
Throngs of travelers arriving back in the US are jam-packed in airports after Trump’s coronavirus travel ban https://flip.it/1n9p1D
America’s told-you-so moment: How we botched the reopening https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/01/coronavirus-reopening-347465?cid=apn
Trump Is Donating Ventilators to Countries That Don’t Need or Can’t Use Them. Nearly 8,000 ventilators are destined for foreign countries as part of Trump’s plan to make the U.S. “king of ventilators.” But public health experts worry the machines are crowding out more urgently needed aid. https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-is-donating-ventilators-to-countries-that-dont-need-or-cant-use-them
President Trump is not the only Republican who has no idea how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Equally incompetent and confused is the Republican Senate, which has had months to consider the Heroes Act but still is paralyzed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/22/trumps-not-only-incompetent-republican/
Hospital data on coronavirus patients will no longer be controlled by the CDC https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/14/politics/trump-administration-coronavirus-hospital-data-cdc/index.html
‘None of us lie’: Coronavirus testing czar rejects Trump’s attacks on health officials The president has repeatedly questioned his own administration’s experts as the pandemic threatens his reelection effort. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/14/coronavirus-testing-czar-trump-health-officials-360684?cid=apn
Trumps Chernobyl Brian Klaas on Twitter
America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/09/pandemic-intuition-nightmare-spiral-winter/616204/
Furor erupts over Trump deliberately downplaying the coronavirus
Trump’s refusal to warn Americans about COVID-19 went beyond his public comments. In the month after telling Woodward he understood the danger of exposure to the coronavirus, he held five campaign rallies, putting tens of thousands of people at potential risk. https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-09-09/furor-erupts-over-trump-telling-woodward-on-coronavirus
Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans
Sturgis rally may have caused more than 250,000 new coronavirus cases, study finds Economists researching the cost of a “superspreading event” estimate that the public health price tag of Sturgis could be more than $12.2 billion. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sturgis-rally-may-have-caused-250-000-new-coronavirus-cases-n1239577
Emails show HHS official trying to muzzle Fauci Emails obtained by POLITICO show a top aide at the department dictating what the nation’s top infections disease expert should say during media interviews. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/09/emails-show-hhs-muzzle-fauci-410861?cid=apn
Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump ‘Never Lied’ About COVID-19 After Recordings Show He Lied
President Trump admitted to journalist Bob Woodward that he wanted to downplay the coronavirus threat. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kayleigh-mcenany-trump-lies-coronavirus_n_5f590639c5b6b48507fad86d?ncid=APPLENEWS00001
NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS IT, it’s called the “coronavirus” not the “China-virus.”
NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS IT, it’s a non-partisan issue, not a “hoax invented by Democrats.”
NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS IT, we must follow the advice of experts?
200,000 Americans are dead.
NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS IT, they’re approaching it with “an abundance of caution.”
This was the President LESS THAN A MONTH AGO, bullying a journalist to REMOVE his mask:
US is no longer collecting data at a federal level. How is the virus supposed to be traced or controlled?
61% of independents and 35% of Republicans think Trump is pressuring the FDA/CDC to rush an unsafe vaccine through…and that was BEFORE yesterday’s Woodward revelations. Charles Gaba on Twitter