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Old 04-19-2020, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Coastal Mountaineer View Post
Here's what happened in February per the New York Times:

Early February: Other White House officials, including deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, join Grogan in calling for a more forceful response. Pottinger pushes for expanding the travel bans to countries such as Italy and earns the support of Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. but the plan is resisted by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who cited economic concerns.

Feb. 5: Trump’s impeachment trial ends with his acquittal by the Senate.

Feb. 5: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says that a briefing shows the administration isn’t taking the virus seriously enough and says it isn’t heeding calls for emergency funding.

Feb. 10: Trump says, “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

Feb. 14: A memo is drafted by health officials and the National Security Council about the potential need for “quarantine and isolation measures to combat the virus," per the NY Times but a scheduled meeting to brief Trump on the plan is later canceled.

Feb. 19: Trump says: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”

Feb. 21: The White House coronavirus task force conducts a mock response to a pandemic and concludes that mass social distancing will be needed, per the Times

Feb. 23: Another Navarro memo warns of an “increasing probability of a full blown Covid-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1-2 million souls.”

Feb. 23: Italy begins to see evidence of a major outbreak in the Lombardy region.

Feb. 24: As Iran becomes a hot spot, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns of a possible pandemic “There is a lot of speculation about whether this increase means that this epidemic has now become a pandemic,” he says.

Feb. 24: Trump says: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 25: Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, warns publicly about the inevitable spread of the virus and says “we need to be preparing for significant disruption in our lives.”

Feb. 26: Trump says, “When you have 15 people — and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero — that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

Feb. 27: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who had received briefings on the threat, tells a private luncheon that the coronavirus is “much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history” and is “is probably more akin to the 1918 Influenza pandemic,” in which 50 million or more people died worldwide.

Feb. 28: Trump says: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

Feb. 29: The United States records its first coronavirus death and announces new travel restrictions for Iran, Italy and South Korea.

A whole month wasted.
And yet...

Jan 31, Trump shuts down travel from china. And is immediately criticized by the left AND by top epidemiologists:

From the NYT: "Jan 31, 2020: "At this point, sharply curtailing air travel to and from China is more of an emotional or political reaction," said Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at Minnesota U." (Bold print is from the copy and paste from NYT story)

And: "The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency because of the spreading virus, though it opposed restrictions on travel or trade with China."

So even AFTER Trump shut down travel from China the WHO opposed it, and top scientists accused him of doing it for emotional reasons.

Both Biden AND Sanders said in their debate they would not have shut down travel from China when Trump did.

Then Trump shut down Travel from Europe on march 11, and UK on march 12. A full 9 days before Cuomo relented to BiBlasio's pleas to shut down NYC.

Meanwhile as late a march 13, DiBlasio was tweeting telling New Yorkers to keep going out on the town and that CV19 was no threat.

Blaming Trump for CV19 is utterly reeeeeeeee-tarded.

I even have a hard time blaming Diblasio or Cuomo for one simple reason:


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