January 2020 Pandemic Warning: Trump Knew It

Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic

A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.

By Maggie Haberman [NYT]
Published April 6, 2020,
Updated April 17, 2020

A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death. []

Updated Apr 7, 2020 – Health
Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January
Jonathan Swan, Margaret Talev [Axios]

Donald Trump got an early warning. But he did not treat the US citizens as adults. Thus, no appropriate countermeasures were taken. Trump got thousands of people killed.

One reason for hiding the truth is that one of the main components of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign was to take his followers to the streets – and finally to the lawn and steps of the US Capitol. In order to create a furious mob, Trump had to downplay the CoViD-19 hazard. Trump sacrificed his followers (and also their families, friends and colleagues).

Example from MarchToSaveAmerica.com for a CoViD-19 disclaimer (2021-01-06):

By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge the host venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury.

 
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