Trump and COVID-19

Posted on: 2020-03-12

As COVID-19 transitions to being a huge issue in the US, it might be easy to forget how we arrived here. Below is an incomplete chronology of quotes, mainly from Trump. (Note some of the list I cribbed from reddit).

January 3: The CDC is first alerted to a public health event in Wuhan, China

January 8: CDC issues first warning.

January 18: Trump dismissed January coronavirus warnings from Health Secretary Alex Azar as 'alarmist'. Was more interested in vaping ban.

January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

January 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!"

January 29: WH internal memo by Peter Navarro: “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil,” the memo said. “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”

January 30: "We have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully"

February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 7:

February 9: (Trump) shared with Fox News his view that "China is very, you know, professionally run, in the sense that they have everything under control. I really believe they are going to have it under control fairly soon."

February 10:

February 13: “We think and we hope, based on all signs that the problem goes away in April.”

February 14:

February 19: “I think the numbers are going to get progressively better as we go along"

February 20: Stock Market crashes

February 24: 53 Confirmed Cases

February 25: 57 Confirmed Cases

February 26: 60 Confirmed Cases

February 27: "It's going to disappear. One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear."

February 28: 63 Confirmed Cases

February 29: Trump exaggerates Tim Cook’s comments about Apple and China

March 1: Azar wrongly says 3,600 people have been tested

March 2: 100 Confirmed Cases

March 4: 158 Confirmed Cases

March 5: 221 Confirmed Cases

March 6: 319 Confirmed Cases

March 7: Asked whether he was concerned about the virus's spread on March 7, the president said, "No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. No, we’ve done a great job"

March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”

March 9: 704 Confirmed Cases

March 10: "It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away."

March 11:

March 13: 2,183 Confirmed Cases

March 14: "It's something that nobody expected"


March 16: "I give myself a 10 out of 10"

March 17: "I've felt it was a pandemic before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries…I have always viewed it as very serious."

March 18: The virus was “a very unforeseen thing.”

March 20: (hydroxychloroquine) "[What do you have to lose !](http://What do you have to lose )"

March 23: 43,781 Confirmed Cases

March 24: 54,856 Confimed Cases

March 25: 68,211 Confirmed Cases

March 26: 81,896 Confirmed Cases

March 28: 123,578 Confirmed Cases

March 29: “My administration has done a job on really working across government and with the private sector, and it’s been incredible. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, I have to say.”

March 31: 163,788 Confirmed Cases

April 1: 188,639 Confirmed Cases, 4059 Dead

April 2: 240,344 Confirmed Cases, 5,807 Dead

April 3: 273,777 Confirmed Cases, 7,028 Dead

April 22: 844,440 Confirmed Cases, 47,227 Dead

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"I've felt it was a pandemic before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries…I have always viewed it as very serious."

Donald TRUMP (MAR 17 2020)

Wait. What? If we believe him, that makes the months of saying 'it's not a problem' much much worse after all he 'felt' it was a big problem. If he's lying (what's new) then after realizing it really is a problem he's lying through his teeth. So now we are supposed to believe this guy who has just flipped 180 and now 'doing stuff' is doing the right things for the right reasons and doing them well? No. He's still the same corrupt, lying, incompetent, gas-lighting narcissist he was before.

We also can't forget the playing the violin whilst Rome burns meme that Trump tweeted out. It's hilarious aMiRiTe? No. If it makes sense - it means he's laughing at your adversity. Or it doesn't make sense because he doesn't understand what it means. Maybe it's both.

In the past Trump and his administration has been described as malice tempered by incompetence. There is some truth here perhaps in that if he wasn't so inept the amount of damage he could have inflicted could have been far worse.

With CV-19 we are in an exciting new phase of 'malice and incompetence'.

In a normal world he would resign. But we know that's not going to happen not least, because if he does and some of his surrounding lackeys are likely going to jail.

One thing Trump and co put a lot of time and effort into is lies and covering up. Unfortunately because Trump, the Republicans and the surrounding entourage of grifters, sycophants and apologists, the 'checks and balances' have been broken and ignored. Even inept cover ups work surprisingly well. The population at large deals with this largely by a combination of ignoring it and excuses.

There may have been a slight shift, even some conservative pundits are now openly criticizing him. I wouldn't hold your breath for Republicans to do anything meaningful. They are all in on driving off the cliff.

That impeachment acquittal is not aging well is it? It was obvious then and now - forgetting everything else (like obvious crime) - Trump is unwilling and unable to do the job.

There is plenty more that can and should be said about this. I wrote this post mainly to record the prior events. Who knows quite how this will play out - but hoping for the best and preparing for the worst is sensible. That the next danger, over and above the obvious is, how Trump and Republicans will use "never let a good disaster go to waste"?

Don't panic. Be safe and careful out there.