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U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen, according to U.S. officials familiar with spy agency reporting.

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(T)he reports and warnings painted an early picture of a virus that showed the characteristics of a globe-encircling pandemic that could require governments to take swift actions to contain it. But despite that constant flow of reporting, Trump continued publicly and privately to play down the threat the virus posed to Americans. Lawmakers, too, did not grapple with the virus in earnest until this month, as officials scrambled to keep citizens in their homes and hospitals braced for a surge in patients suffering from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The unpreparedness for this pandemic in America is based on the decisions of one man at the head of our US Government. Nothing that China did or did not do would have moved this President to take the advice of the very people inside our government entrusted with the responsibility of doing all they can to keep Americans safe.

The disease might be COVID-19, but it received an unwarranted and more catastrophic assist from COVID-45.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-20 08:54 PM | Reply

And in this case COVID stands for

Completely
Oblivious
Vainglorious
Ignorant
Dummy

45

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-20 09:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Fat Nixon is the reality show president. All drama and pr and no real leadership or accomplishments.

Now tens of millions are paying the price for his incompetence.

Many will die.
Many more will lose their life savings.

This the perfect storm of incompetence, hubris and narcissism.

Good job Trumpublicans, you own it.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-03-21 07:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The greatest single thing that could be done to keep America safe at this moment is to stop Donald Trump.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-21 10:56 AM | Reply

More from the cited article...

...Intelligence agencies "have been warning on this since January," said a U.S. official who had access to intelligence reporting that was disseminated to members of Congress and their staffs as well as to officials in the Trump administration, and who, along with others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive information.

"Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were " they just couldn't get him to do anything about it," this official said. "The system was blinking red."...


[emphasis mine]


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-21 03:13 PM | Reply

More hindsight worship of the water boarders club.

Lov'em like a woman, Tony.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-21 03:17 PM | Reply

Why stop at water borading?
Throw in a little My Lai.br />
And don't forget Nagasaki!

These deflections are getting as desperate as a front-line nurse scrounging for PPE.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 03:21 PM | Reply

What was the government preoccupied with in December and January.

Where was John Bolton!

We need more witnesses!

Trump is a dictator!!!! He must be removed!!!!

Cancelling flights from China is racist! and #TailWaggingTheDog
twitter.com

He's FEARMONGERING coronavirus!!!

Eventually the media crying wolf bites you ... thanks for that!!!

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-21 03:58 PM | Reply

"Cancelling flights from China is racist!"

So is the Muslim travel ban.
Didn't stop Trump.

I'd tell you to stop making excuses, but then you'd be unemployed too.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 04:01 PM | Reply

He's FEARMONGERING coronavirus!!!
#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

You are truly a pathetic little cumfart, Andrea, a mattress.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
Jan 24
China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!
twitter.com

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 04:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Thread incorrectly presumes that:

(1) Trump reads intelligence briefings; and
(2) That he would care they warned of a pandemic if he did read them.

Facts not in evidence.

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-21 04:48 PM | Reply

"Osama^H^H^H^H^H Coronavirus Determined To Strike In US"

Now what I really want to see is the strategy plan saying we needed this Pearl Harbor, oops I mean Spanish Flu Level Event.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 04:55 PM | Reply

Why did Trump let this happen, Deplorables.
What's the five dimensional chess game Trump is playing here.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 11:02 PM | Reply

Flashback to August 2001: Presidential Daily Brief - "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US"

#14 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-21 11:15 PM | Reply

January 14, 2020 - Pelosi agrees to deliver Articles of Impeachment to Senate.

January 14, 2020 - House appoints Impeachment managers.

January 22, 2020 - Reports of a deadly new virus.

January 22 - February 4, 2020 - Impeachment Debate.

Feb 5, 2020 - Senate Votes to acquit.

#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-21 11:21 PM | Reply

Jan 31st:
Trump bans travel from China - Media & left wing talking heads declare it xenophobic.

#16 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-21 11:22 PM | Reply

POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRI

Quit harshing the hate mob's buzz.

#17 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-21 11:33 PM | Reply

Love to see Trumps stock trades for January, February and March since more then one GOP politician has been profiteering on this intelligence.

#18 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-03-21 11:36 PM | Reply

Love to see Trumps stock trades for January, February and March since more then one GOP politician has been profiteering on this intelligence.
#18 | POSTED BY 503JC69

Diane Feinstein sold all her stocks for millions while "profiteering on this intelligence". But she's not Orange, so.

#hack

#19 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-21 11:39 PM | Reply

#19 while Feinstein should be removed for any and all shady trades.. I couldn't find a record of her actually downplaying the virus like the republicans... including Trump.

#20 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-03-21 11:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Feinstein didn't trade anything, her husband did, but the company has no connection to coronavirus.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Husband Sold a Biotech Stock Near Its 2020 Low

Sen. Dianne Feinstein disclosed that her husband, Richard C. Blum, sold a biotech stock in January, when it was trading near its 2020 intraday lows.

Blum, the founder and head of investment firm Blum Capital Partners, sold $500,001 to $1 million in Allogene Therapeutics stock (ticker: ALLO) on Jan. 31, according to a form the senator filed with the Secretary of the Senate. Specific values aren't required for disclosure, only ranges.

In response to a request for comment on the transaction, Sen. Feinstein's office provided the statement that she "has no involvement whatsoever in her husband's financial and business decisions aside from the Senate's routine reporting requirements."

The company's work is in cancer therapies, not anti-viral. And Blum sold it at its 2020 LOW, not simply out of the clear blue sky.

And btw, this story is from March 1. Feinstein's name should't be mentioned in the same breath with the Congress members who sold stocks as it relates to industries impacted by the pandemic.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-22 12:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And I am not a Feinstein fan at all. I respect her as a stateswoman, but it's time for new blood.

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-22 12:11 AM | Reply

#15 If the Senate had voted to impeach we would have Pence in charge of Corona response a month earlier.

But I blame this whole crisis on the US IC. They could have put in bold at the top of their report that Covid might lower hotel bookings. We would have had a national emergency declared that day. The US Intelligence community can't be very intelligent if they haven't figured out Trump yet.

#23 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-22 01:27 AM | Reply

#23 | Posted by bored Intelligence reports to POTUS are called "findings". Each is indexed according to the confidence level the analysts have with the report. The problem with China is that it is a closed society, not as closed as the PDRK, but closed none the less. We really do not have much human intelligence in that country. Additionally most sources we have are not very trustworthy, they are motivated by cash. So what did we know about an illness breaking out in a large city in the interior of China? Not much. We literally got our intelligence from Chinese media.

#24 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 07:43 AM | Reply

And you have what experience to state that so confidently?

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-22 10:54 AM | Reply

We really do not have much human intelligence in that country. Additionally most sources we have are not very trustworthy, they are motivated by cash. So what did we know about an illness breaking out in a large city in the interior of China? Not much. We literally got our intelligence from Chinese media.

#24 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Yeah. Not really true. Maybe YOU only got your intell from the Chinese media. We have extensive business contacts in China. A lot of Americans. I have a personal friend who works in China. Still there. Works from Shanghai. I could call him right now. Our government has plenty of sources inside China. Leadership has to listen to the experts and read and be knowledgeable and be prepared and take proper action.

You know.

Lead.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-22 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Playing the blame game is not helpful now; it only plays into conspiracy theories about how this was intentional. There's plenty of time to sort things out after the emergency part is past.

#45 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2020-03-22 05:08 PM

#27 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 06:20 PM | Reply

Trump bans travel from China - Media & left wing talking heads declare it xenophobic.

#16 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Trump bans travel from China a month late after declaring it a democratic hoax for weeks.

NBC calls him racist.

Liberals call him an idiot.

FTFY.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-22 06:50 PM | Reply

#28 Donner

Did any other countries impose a travel ban out of China before the US?

#29 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 06:56 PM | Reply

#29 It didn't work. Canada and Mexico both have less infections that we know of. The China travel ban was ineffective because people can take two flights. It was purely a PR stunt to placate his idiot fans. Trump should have used a science based response, rather than playing to his base.

#30 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-22 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Re 30

You can try and explain that until you are blue in the face or get the virus yourself.

Won't change a thing.

They have to blame the Chinese. Trump said it's a Chinese virus. Twice. The code has been sent. And received. Jeffy is all over this. Tremendous mistakes were made. Embarrassing mistakes. All documented and digitized forever. Someone will definitely need to be blamed. China is an excellent choice. They f d up. And communist too. Double plus good!

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-22 09:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

BORED

"Trump should have used a science based response, rather than playing to his base."

SCIENCE, Bored??? You used the word "science."

What are you trying to do? Give Trump a heart attack?

#33 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-23 05:13 AM | Reply

#30

Less infectious cases total or per capita?

Donner will always echo CCP propaganda.

#34 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-23 10:45 AM | Reply

Donner will always echo CCP propaganda.

#34 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03

You echo Trump propaganda.

#35 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-23 10:55 AM | Reply

#35 | Posted by Zed One is dedicated to our destruction, your so left you can't imagine which.

#36 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-24 02:31 PM | Reply

#26 | Posted by donnerboy, My uncle contracted with the CIA for about 20 years. His job was to read and glean French periodicals from Africa. He got a box of stuff every week. Before home computers he literally had has data base on note cards. The vast majority of intelligence work is passive. We read the news papers and log the social media. James Bond would have not lasted a week in real intelligence work. Field agents have to be "the gray man". A nothing in a field of faces. They do not carry guns. Never shoot anyone. Seldom hit the street without a diplomatic passport. The wet work is mostly left to the military. We have the best bomb makers in the world, they work in EOD and they were taught by the bomb makers in several countries as they defused their "devices". We have snipers that are on par with anyone on the planet. Ask the Cartels in any country what they think about a head shot from 700 meters. Kill an American, you sign your own death warrant. There are plenty of talented individuals that are ready and willing.

#37 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-24 03:05 PM | Reply

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