All the times Trump compared Covid-19 to the flu, even after knowing Covid-19 was much deadlier
President Trump admitted To Washington post reporter Bob Woodward in early February that he knew the coronavirus was “deadlier than even your intense flu,” but the President continued to compare Covid-19 to the flu for weeks after his conversation with Woodward, claiming he “always wanted to play it down.”
“You just breathe the air, and that’s how it happened,” Trump told Woodward February 7 in a recorded conversation. “And so that’s a very delicate question… It’s 5% versus 1% and less than 1%. You know? So that’s a deadly thing.”
That same day, the morning of February 7, the president mentioned, without supporting evidence, that the Covid-19 could dissipate with the arrival of milder weather, a bit like the seasonal flu. Trump tweeted that the “virus, hopefully weakens with warmer weather, then goes away.”
In a meeting with US governors at the White House, when asked about the coronavirus, Trump said, “A lot of people think that it goes away in April with the heat – as the heat arrives. Usually it will go away in April. We are in great shape though. We have 12 cases – 11 cases, and many d ‘them are in good shape now. “
“I think it’s going to be okay” Trump said on February 19. “I think when we go into April, in warmer weather, it has a very negative effect on this type of virus.”
“We have it very well under control in this country”, Trump responded when a reporter asked him for an update on Covid-19.
“The Coronavirus is well under control in the USA”, Trump tweeted. “We are in touch with everyone and every country involved. CDC and World Health have been working hard and very smart. The stock market is starting to look great to me!”
“You can ask questions about the coronavirus, which is very well controlled in our country. We have very few people affected … But people are getting better. They are all getting better”, the president proclaimed at a press conference before a trip to India.
“It’s a flu. It’s like a flu”, the president said in a briefing. “It’s kind of like a regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we’ll basically have a flu shot for that in a pretty quick fashion.”
“The flu, in our country, kills 25,000 to 69,000 people per year”, Trump said during a coronavirus task force briefing. “And, so far, if you look at what we’ve got with the 15 people and their recovery, one is – one is pretty sick but hopefully “He will recover, but the rest are in great shape. But think about it: 25,000 to 69,000.” Trump then added: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 in a few days will be close. zero, that’s a really good job we’ve done. “
“And you know what? If we were doing a bad job, we should also be criticized. But we did an incredible job. We will continue,” he added. Trump said from inside the Cabinet room. “It will go away. One day – it’s like a miracle – it will go away.”
“We have taken the most aggressive measures to fight the coronavirus. These are the most aggressive measures taken by any country. And we are the number one travel destination in the world, but we have far fewer cases of the disease than same country with much less travel or a much smaller population ”, said Trump on February 29, the day the United States officially reported its first coronavirus death.
“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common flu. That averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year,” the president tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. “Nothing is stopped, life and the economy continue. At the moment, there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about it!”
“Well, it was unexpected. It was something that came from China, and it hit us and many other countries,” Trump told reporters on Capitol Hill. “And we’re ready, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it’s going to go away.”
12th of March:
“I mean, think about it: the United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 dead at this point,” Trump said during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Varadkar. “Other countries that are smaller countries have many, many deaths.”
“We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We are not turning the country off,” Trump said of the rose garden. “And in fact this year we have a bad flu season. But we lose thousands of people a year to the flu. We never turn the country off. We lose a lot more than that to accidents. car … Would love to have the country opened up and can’t wait to get there by Easter. ”
On the last day of March, the president changed his tone. “A lot of people have said, ‘Get out of it. Don’t do anything, just take it off and treat it like the flu ”. But it’s not the flu. It’s vicious “, Trump said during a briefing by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “It’s not the flu,” added Trump, definitely.
The released recording of Trump’s own words appears to confirm reports from other media that the president has received stern and sobering warnings about the catastrophic potential of the coronavirus. According to the New York TimesThe National Security Council office responsible for monitoring pandemics received intelligence reports in early January predicting the spread of the virus in the United States and advised Trump to consider shutting down major cities and suggesting Americans stay at home after work. Woodward reports that National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien gave Trump a top-secret briefing on Jan. 28 in which he warned the virus would be the president’s administration’s “greatest national security threat”. A January 29 memo by Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro provided explicit details of the potential risks of a coronavirus pandemic, including up to half a million deaths and billions of dollars in losses economic. According to the Times report, “In the third week of February, the administration’s top public health experts concluded that they should recommend a new approach to Mr. Trump that would include warning the American people of the risks and urging action such as social distancing and staying home after work. But the White House instead focused on the messages and crucial extra weeks passed before their views were grudgingly accepted by President. ”
In 2015, the Global Health Security and Biodefense Unit – in charge of pandemic preparedness – have been established by Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice. In May 2018, this team has been dissolved as part of a reorganization by Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton.
36,000: The United States could have avoided around 36,000 coronavirus-related deaths if broad social distancing measures had been put in place a week earlier in March, according to a study published by analysts at Columbia University.
“He knew it and deliberately downplayed it. Worse, he lied to the American people. He lied knowingly and willfully,” he added. Joe Biden said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s more than despicable. It’s a dereliction of duty. It’s a shame. He didn’t do his job on purpose. It was a betrayal to the death of the American people.”
Senior White House official in charge of pandemic response quits abruptlyy (Washington Post)