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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Senior advisers to President Trump in February 2020 privately discussed the government's "critical mistakes" in preparing for the pandemic, countering the former president's optimistic claims in public, according to emails obtained by the House's select subcommittee on the pandemic.



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"In truth we do not have a clue how many are infected in the USA. We are expecting the first wave to spread in the U.S. within the next 7 days," adviser Steven Hatfill wrote to Peter Navarro, Trump's trade director, on Feb. 29, 2020. "This will be accompanied by a massive loss of credibility and the Democratic accusations are just now beginning. This must be countered with frank honesty about the situation and decisive direct actions that are being taken and can be seen in the broadcast news."

Hatfill, a virologist who began advising the Trump White House in February 2020, blamed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for rolling out flawed coronavirus tests and urged Navarro to begin purchasing additional tests and deploy.

After receiving Hatfill's warning, Navarro privately warned Trump in a March 1, 2020 memo that the government's response was "NOT fast enough" and that a "very serious public health emergency" was looming, but Trump continued to downplay the virus's risks in public.

"These exchanges add to the growing body of evidence that the Trump Administration knew the significant risk posed by the coronavirus but failed to execute an effective strategy to reduce the loss of American lives," Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in a letter to Navarro on Tuesday that was shared with The Washington Post ahead of publication.

In emails released by the subcommittee, the two men also collaborated on a planned May 2020 presentation to encourage use of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, as a treatment for coronavirus. Officials like Anthony S. Fauci, the government's top infectious-disease expert, resisted their efforts to promote the drug, citing the lack of evidence that it worked to fight the virus - a source of frustration for Navarro and Hatfill, who repeatedly attacked Fauci in the emails for his "outrageous bias" and other alleged mistakes.

The truth always bubbles to the surface eventually. Is there any wonder that so many Americans didn't believe in the seriousness of Covid's spread when the President himself downplayed it at every public opportunity while admitting its virulence in private conversation with Bob Woodward?

And this also illuminates the internal trashing of Dr. Fauci for being a reasoned critic of hydroxychloroquine - trashing that continues today from Trump-friendly megaphones. All of this was so unnecessary and totally unethical - sorta like the entire Trump error.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-14 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

"In truth we do not have a clue how many are infected in the USA."

How is this a revelation.

Trump himself said he wanted less testing because testing gave positive results that made him look bad.

Better to help a pandemic spread and kill people than look bad.

Yet repubs LOOOOOOVE this sociopath and are ending democracy to put him back in charge.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-14 01:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Death to all Trump supporters!
-Trump Supporters

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2021-09-14 01:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Every other challenge he ever faced, trump was able to just hire some one and lie his way out of it.

Schoolwork, grades, vietnam draft, failing businesses, infidelity, tax crimes... all of it can be avoided with deception.

He thought he could lie his way out of a pandemic too.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-14 01:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"In truth we do not have a clue how many are infected in the USA."

In truth, we still only have vague estimates of how many people have been infected, as we only count cases that were tested and confirmed.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2021-09-14 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


Or get a law firm to litigate it and not pay them. Not that I feel sorry for anyone who still does business with him.

#6 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2021-09-14 05:41 PM | Reply

"In truth, we still only have vague estimates of how many people have been infected, as we only count cases that were tested and confirmed.

I am sure this is still Trump's fault somehow. Then again, Democrats don't want a true accounting of how many people have natural immunity from already having beaten covid as it goes against their vaccine or bust messaging.

#7 | Posted by Skeptical at 2021-09-15 06:48 PM | Reply

I am sure this is still Trump's fault somehow.

""I purposefully downplayed the virus." -- COVI-Donald
Early on, yes, to avoid mass panic.

Somehow... If only there was a way to find out how exactly it's Trump's fault...

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-15 07:07 PM | Reply

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