Donald Trump won’t admit when he’s wrong and always has someone to blame for every misstep that he takes.
Trump is blaming his intelligence officials for not alerting him to how serious the coronavirus threat was. Trump spent months downplaying the threat. At one point he even stated that the virus was a hoax created by Democrats to try and stop him from being reelected in 2020.
Trump continued to downplay the virus until it escalated to a point where he could not deny it anymore. At that point he passed the blame to his intelligence community.
“Intelligence has just reported to me that I was correct and that they did NOT bring up the CoronaVirus subject matter until late into January, just prior to my banning China from the U.S. Also, they only spoke of the Virus in a very non-threatening, or matter of fact, manner… ” Trump tweeted back on May 3.
Trump would later also claim that “also, they only spoke of the Virus in a very non-threatening, or matter of fact, manner.” However, according to the New York Times it was not that intelligence agencies did not warn him of the mounting health crisis it was that Trump has a “low IQ” and that he isn’t able to understand or even pay attention while he is being briefed.
The Times spoke with both current and former intelligence officials who stated that Trump has “a short attention span” and that he frequently “veers off on tangents,” and “rarely, if ever, reads intelligence reports.”
They added that Trump “rarely absorbs information that he disagrees with or that runs counter to his worldview,” and that he is “particularly difficult to brief on critical national security matters.”
The Times report showed Trump to be too lazy to do his job and that he relied on conspiracy theories, rumors, and opinions of far-right conservatives more that intelligence officials.
Many close to Trump state that he distrusts his own intelligence community as part of the “deep state” that he believes is working against him.
Intelligence officials say that Trump was briefed dozens of times in both January and February about the threat the coronavirus posed and that Trump ignored those warnings until it was too late. Trump’s delay in responding to the crisis has had devastating consequences.
A new study out of Columbia University was released on Wednesday. The study states that imposing social distancing restrictions even a week earlier could have saved at least 36,000 Americans’ lives.