Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first sounded the alarm about coronavirus and was punished by authorities for doing so died of the disease on February 7th, 2020. On that very same day, President Donald Trump was praising Chinese leader Xi Jinping, saying Beijing was doing “a very professional job” in stopping the spread of the virus. Also on that same day, the State Department sent 17.8 tons of medical supplies to China, including the masks, gowns and respirators that are now in critical short supply as the U.S. bears the brunt of the pandemic.
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This new video serves as a painful reminder of a series of failures committed by Donald Trump and his administration in the growing Coronavirus crisis on that day; events that will likely come back to haunt the president and his re-election campaign later this summer in the critical late months leading up to the general election.
February 7: Step by Step
Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese ophthalmologist who first sounded the alarm about the coronavirus was already infected himself and on this day he succumbed to the virus.
After sending a message to a group of other doctors about the virus and its apparent outbreak, he was detained by the Chinese government officials and then forced to sign a statement, denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.
His death along with his shameful treatment by the Chinese government should have been a wake-up call to the White House.
Instead, when Trump was asked about China’s handling of the outbreak later that day, the U.S. president simply repeated his praises for the Chinese government and repeated their propaganda.
A few hours later that evening, Trump’s State Department announced that the White House had ordered the shipment of nearly 18 tons of donated medical equipment to China – supplies that American hospitals would soon desperately need.
Trump knew the Chinese were lying
President Trump and his White House had already been informed multiple times of the size and seriousness of the growing coronavirus threat in the days and weeks before that infamous February 7th, but he repeatedly kept up the facade to protect China and his real goal – his long sought after trade deal with China.
Looking back at the timeline leading up to February 7th…
Late December 2019
US intelligence sources forwarded several warnings to the White House concerning a contagion that had the potential to lead to a “cataclysmic event”.
The National Security Council office responsible for tracking pandemics received intelligence reports predicting the spread of the virus to the United States and before the end of January was raising options like keeping Americans home from work and shutting down cities the size of Chicago.
“China has been working very hard … In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!” – Donald Trump
“Any way you cut it, this is going to be bad… the projected size of the outbreak already seems hard to believe.” – Dr. Carter Mecher, senior medical adviser at the Department of Veterans Affairs
President Trump was informed via a memo from his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, laying out in striking detail the potential risks of a coronavirus pandemic: as many as half a million deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses.
Health and Human Services secretary, Alex M. Azar II, directly warned President Trump of the possibility of a pandemic during a call that day while Trump was flying on Air Force One to attend a rally in the Midwest. It was the second warning he had delivered to the president about the virus in two weeks. The president seemed unimpressed, responding that Mr. Azar “was being alarmist”.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that the coronavirus presented a public health emergency. He also announced new limits on travel from China to the United States. Trump didn’t bother to attend the briefing but instead boarded Marine One on his way to his private resort Mar-a-Lago to play golf.
Trump played golf again, after which he sat for an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity. Hannity asked how concerned Trump was about the virus.
“Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” Trump said. (The travel restrictions hadn’t yet gone into effect when Trump and Hannity spoke.)
He boasted of his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and said that the United States was offering China help.
“We have the best in the world for that,” Trump said. “We’ve done a tremendous job in many other instances also on that even recently.”
That evening, Trump attended a Super Bowl watch party at Mar-a-Lago before heading back to the White House.
State of the Union address:
“We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China,” he said. “My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
And that was it, regarding coronavirus.
President Trump had a scheduled meeting with the coronavirus task force in the Oval Office and later that evening he spoke with Chinese leader Xi Jinping by phone.
Early in the morning, Trump tweeted about the call from the night before.
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