After excerpts of the legendary journalist, Bob Woodward’s new book was leaked this week the nation learned that Donald Trump did know the dangers of the coronavirus as early as January, but chose to downplay it publicly and took no action to prevent the pandemic.
Woodward wrote, “President Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the coronavirus outbreak in China.”
Woodward continued, “This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency, national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien told Trump. This is going to be the toughest thing you face.” Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, agreed. He told the president that after reaching contacts in China, it was evident that the world faced a health emergency on par with course, at the time.”
Instead of preparing the nation for the oncoming health crisis, Trump was telling Americans that the virus was not a big deal and that it wasn’t as bad as the flu. He repeatedly stated that it would “magically disappear” and the anything out there saying otherwise was “fake news.”
Woodward says that Trump confessed to him that the situation was indeed far worse than he was stating publicly.
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a February 7 call with Woodward. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
Even as deaths mounted and we moved into April, Trump continued to downplay the virus even saying it would soon disappear with the warmer April weather. He downplayed the virus because his concern was not panicking Americans, but spooking the stock market. Now over 190,000 Americans are dead because he failed to properly respond to the coronavirus.
Kayleigh McEnany, The White House press secretary tried to defend Trump by stating that he “never lied to the American public on COVID,” he was simply expressing an air of “calm” about something people should have been greatly concerned about.
Trump also attempted to explain why he made the decision to lie about the dangers of the coronavirus. He stated he made the decision because he loved America. “I love our country and I don’t want people to be frightened, I don’t want to create panic, as you say. And certainly, I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence, we want to show strength, we want to show strength as a nation, and that’s what I‘ve done and we’ve done very well by any standards…it’s been an amazing job that we’ve done.”
There is no doubt that had Trump told the truth about the coronavirus and taken the necessary steps to help prevent the spread our country would not have lost more than 190,000 Americans. The truth and right actions would have also helped prevent the economy from being flushed down the toilet.
Just stop a moment and let this sink in… Donald Trump lied about the dangers of the coronavirus. He failed to take the proper steps to help contain the virus and now 190,000 Americans are dead and thousands maybe even tens of thousands more will die.