In Americas biggest time of need, you would want a president that would be level with the people, and do everything in his power to protect US citizens. Instead, here is a published timeline of Trumps actions or inactions regarding the Pandemic that we find ourselves in today.
The bottom line here is that president Trump brushed off COVID-19 for month, and it’s going to cost Americans their lives. Now 80 million people are ordered to stay at home, and it’s only going to get worse.
Here is what is known about how Trump handled the issue. All of the following information was published in an article on “RollingStone” on March 19, 2020 by Ryan Bort.
January 22nd, 2020 – Trump asks about the coronavirus at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But before he asked, just one week before, the first person in the U.S. came down with the virus. The person was a man from Seattle who had just returned from China earlier in January. What did Trump do…. NOTHING!. He refused to believe that the problem would seriously hurt the citizens of the U.S.
January 30th, 2020 – Trump addresses the coronavirus during a speech on trade in Michigan. What did Trump say in Michigan. Trump said “We think we have it very well under control.” trump then said, ” We have very little problem in this country at this moment – five – and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us.” Then he says :” Hopefully it won’t be as bad as some people think it could be,” he added.
February 10th, 2020 – Trump claims that the coronavirus will be gone by the end of spring while talking to reporters at the White House. Here is what he said… “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do – you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat, as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape, though. We have 12 cases, 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.” But just only days later, the Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield estimates the “virus is probably with us beyond this season and beyond this year.”
February 14th, 2020 – Regardless of what the CDC said on February 10th, Trump continues to push the idea that it will be gone in a matter of weeks. He says the following..”There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm, historically, that has been able to kill the virus,” he said while speaking to the National Border Patrol Council. “So we don’t know yet. We’re not sure yet. But that’s around the corner.”
February 23, 2020 – Trump claims to reporters at the White House that “We have it very much under control in this country.”
February 24th, 2020 – The truth comes out. On this day, you find out where the bulk of his concern lies: how the coronavirus could impact the stock market.
February 26th, 2020 – During another press briefing at the White House, Trump tell the reporters “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people,” and he says “And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck.” Also note, that Trump know how the problem was now exploding in China. By this time, he also knew what was happening in the State of Washington, which become the hot point in the U.S. for the coronavirus. He continues to say, “I think every aspect of our society should be prepared,” he added later. “I don’t think it’s going to come to that, especially with the fact that we;re going down, not up. We;re going very substantially down, not up.”
February 27th, 2020 – Trump claimed “It’s going to disappear,” Trump said at the White House. “One day – it’s like a miracle – it will disappear.”
February 28th, 2020 – Trump had to blame the Democrats, as he said in a rally in South Carolina, Trump alleges Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, calling it “their new hoax.”
February 29th, 2020 – Trump claims that the coronavirus is under control at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He says “I’ve gotten to know these professionals. They’re incredible,” Trump said. “And everything is under control. I mean, they’re very, very ool. They’ve done it, and they’ve done it well. Everything is really under control.”
March 4th, 2020 – Trump is interviewed by Sean Hanity, and tells him that the global death rate is “false” and claims that the coronavirus is actually ”very mild’, and suggests that those infected can get better by “sitting around” and “going to work”.
March 7th, 2020 – Trump claims..”No, I’m ot concerned at all,” Trump said from Mar-a-Largo. “No, I’m note. No, we’ve done a great job.”
March 9th, 2020 – Trump bashes Democrats for sounding the alarm “far beyond what the facts would warrant: before implying that the common flue is far worse, an argument he’s made on several occasions and which has been parroted by Fox News.
On Twitter, Trump claims on March 9th, 2020 “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it could be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
Also on March 9th, Trump said the following on Twitter… “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 & he economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
Conclusion: Here is a president, that is misleading and lying over and over again on what he knows as fact. The American people can no longer believe him. Americans will die because he knew and we didn’t. He knew what was happening in Wohan China, but still he refused to believe that the problem would infect the world, and did not give this information to the American people, as he believed that the virus certainly would not come to the U.S. He claimed he has everything under control. Still, today on March 21st, 2020, there are now a confirmed 22,000 people confirmed with the coronavirus and almost 350 people have died from the disease. How can a president that has let down the American people believe that he will be re-elected? Yet, he still does believe that he will be re-elected, even as an impeached president. Note, that other impeached presidents never tried to be elected to a second term. They just survived their present term.
In another personal issue, I am in a wager with my nephew who believes that Donald Trump will be re-elected. Regardless of any facts that work against Trump, my nephew still supports the president. I’ve given my nephew several opportunities to get out of this bet. I fully expect that if he looses the bet, that he will not pay up. I have no trust that he ever will. But, I’m giving my nephew an opportunity to defend himself here. Let him tell you and me about what he believes in. Even if I win this bet, I do not ever expect payment from him. When he looses, I will fully disclose who my nephew is. At that time, I will share a video with the public on the bet we made together.
Again, note that the information found about Trump and the timeline can be found in an article by Ryan Bort on “RollingStone” on March 19th, 2020 at 12:46PM EDT.