Trump Shrugged Off Repeated Intelligence Warnings About Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
“The system was blinking red,” an intelligence official told The Washington Post, but no one could get Trump to “do anything about it.”
After China reported the outbreak of a new coronavirus in December, U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the Trump administration in classified messages about the potentially devastating threat, The Washington Post reported Friday. Yet President Donald Trump largely ignored the warnings and delayed action that might have slowed the spread of the COVID-19 disease, according to the newspaper.
Trump’s Coronavirus Denials Sound like the First Act of Every Disaster Movie
I’m not looking forward to Act Two.
If you were writing the next Hollywood disaster movie, you could construct a first act more or less by scanning the headlines from the past few weeks. We’ve got it all: workaday scientists racing to sound the alarm about a looming existential threat. Science-denying government officials ignoring those alarms. Heroes and helpers amidst the uncertainty. Gal Gadot singing for some reason.
And of course, the president. Trump’s performance here has been a real tour de force. He seems to have modeled himself on those villainous politicians in every disaster movie.
He’s ignored experts, shifted the blame, repeatedly downplayed the threat, stoked racism, and spread misinformation.