All COVID-19 Warnings He Foolishly Ignored — Pandemic Warning Was Ringing in Trump’s Ears — All COVID-19 Warnings He Foolishly Ignored Leading US To A Catastrophic Future
Brutal Coronavirus Crises: How Trump failed his biggest test as US President and ignored coronavirus warnings.
Despite being aware of the impending threat of the coronavirus for months, Trump and his administration downplayed the gravity of the situation and failed to act…
Highlights! All the time Trump Ignored the COVID-19
- September 2019: White House Economists Warns of A Pandemic
- March 16, 2020: Warning By Obama Administration
- March 20, 2020: Warning By American Intelligence Agencies
- When Trump downplayed coronavirus crises
- How Trump failed his people?
White House economists had published an alarming study in September 2019 that warned a pandemic could kill half a million Americans and destroy the economy, as per a report published in The New York Times.
March 16, 2020
A Politico report says when Trump took the reins of US presidency, his team was warned about H9N2 by the Obama administration, and was given advice on how the government must respond to an outbreak of a deadly virus.. However, it seems they were not paying attention to it.
March 20, 2020
Another shocking report published by Washington Post threw light that how the American intelligence was warning Trump and his team about the danger of COVID-19 from January 2020, but Trump downplayed the threat and failed to take action to contain the spread of coronavirus.
These are not the only instances where Donald Trump and his administration ignored the obvious coronavirus warnings. Right from being warned by the American intelligence agencies to White House experts on country’s inability to handle a pandemic of this magnitude, right from repeated advice by the World Head Organization to paying attention to happenings around the world, Trump ignored the warning bells for quite some time. And now with the US death toll reaching 5,113 and number of cases rising to 215,357, we are bound to question Trump’s lax attitude and his efficiency in dealing with a crisis.
Trump is not only responsible for ignoring the warnings those experts were giving him about coronavirus from time to time, but he had the audacity to play down the threat of the virus. Let us have a look at these instances —
When Trump downplayed coronavirus crises
On an interview with CNBC on January 22, President Trump confidently said that things were under control. He pointed out,” one person coming in from China, and we have it under control.” Just a month after Trump tweeted again that coronavirus spread in the US was under control:
The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
Just a few days after on February 27, Trump attended the African American History Month reception and said, “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
Even in his tweet on March 9, Trump was visibly more worried about the economy and was belittling the threat of COVID-19.
So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
On March 17th, he was at his optimistic best and said,” We’re going to win. And I think we’re going to win faster than people think — I hope.”
It was only after the pandemic took many lives and that he started getting criticized by people across the world, did he change his stance and started expressing concern for coronavirus.
Claiming that he understood the severity of the pandemic much before others did at a press briefing on March 17, he said,” This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries.”
Trump has been changing his stance from time to time and it appears he is as clueless about coronavirus and its threat now than he was before. At a separate press conference earlier this month, he expressed surprise about the magnitude of the crisis. “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion,” he said.
How Trump failed his people?
Despite repeated warnings and being made aware of the dangers of coronavirus, Trump has failed the Americans with his attitude, lack of seriousness and leadership skills that have led to an emergency of epic proportions.
What is sad is that just days after the first case of COVID-19 was reported, medical experts had written a step-to-step guide on how to avert a massive health disaster called “Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic.” However, Trump and his administration failed to take it seriously and implement those guidelines. It was only after a month that Trump administration put that advice into action and allowed private labs and hospitals to conduct their own tests. However, by then it was too late. Americans lost out on a lot of precious time and the virus began to spread across the country.
Watch: Tracking Trump’s COVID-19 Response
Ron Klain, who spearheaded the fight against Ebola in 2014, told a university panel that the US response will be studied for generations as a textbook example of a disastrous effort. A report in The Guardianquotes him saying,” What’s happened in Washington has been a fiasco of incredible proportions.” The report also quoted Jeremy Konyndyk, who led the US government’s response to international disasters at USAid from 2013 to 2017.
He said —
We are witnessing in the United States one of the greatest failures of basic governance and basic leadership in modern times.
It is rather unfortunate that the leader of the most powerful and richest nation has behaved so ignorantly. Despite having all the information and literature to act in a decisive and cohesive manner to fight the spread of the virus and lead the world in these testing times, Donald Trump repeatedly ignored coronavirus warnings, played down the severity of its threat and instead blamed China for the virus.
Had he been more proactive and mature in understanding the threat and taking action faster, then he could have been remembered as the president who shone at the dark times of pandemic. He would have won respect and admiration from people across the globe.
However, he seems to have lost his golden chance and is somehow responsible for it turning out to be a full-fledged crisis that has killed thousands of Americans, paralyzed the nation and devastated the economy.
Before You Go —
At coronavirus press breifings, Trump was heard bragging about his Facebook Followership. Take a listen:
President Trump: “Number one on Facebook. Did you know I was number one on Facebook? I just found out I’m number one on Facebook.” pic.twitter.com/n8rB4hMMsZ— The Hill (@thehill) April 1, 2020
Please do leave your thoughts in the comment section below, if you think — President Trump’s Facebook boast in a press briefing has further embarrassed him?
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author after studying data and media reports. These are all assumptions and may or may not hold relevance in the long run.