Thread: A Timeline Showing Trump’s Disastrous Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic

This thread shows clearly and definitively that Trump knew a pandemic was coming, knew the US was unprepared for it, and left the US helpless to contain or combat the virus.
February 13, 2018

The US Intelligence Community released its annual intelligence assessment identifying coronaviruses as “having pandemic potential if they were to acquire efficient human-to-human transmissibility.”
January-August, 2019

The Trump Administration ran a pandemic simulation called Crimson Contagion, resulting in a report concluding that the Administration was woefully unprepared for a pandemic, including being short on PPE. Nothing was done to fix it.
January 22-March 10, 2020

Trump repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the global pandemic in public statements, conditioning the US population not to take it seriously. To this day, large swaths of the public believe social distancing is unnecessary.
March 21, 2020

Despite having known about the pandemic for months and having already sent 17.8 tons of strategic pandemic reserves to China, Trump launched an orchestrated campaign to accuse China of covering up the global pandemic.
March 24, 2020

Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from states that were critical of his handling of the pandemic.
March 24-25, 2020

Trump floated the idea of terminating all social distancing and allowing the coronavirus to ravage the country.
March 31, 2020

FEMA announced it “has not actively encouraged or discouraged U.S. companies from exporting [PPE] overseas,” with 280M masks purchased by foreign buyers from US companies in a single day on March 30, despite desperate shortages in the US.
March 31, 2020

Trump’s US Agency for International Development is finally stopped from providing PPE to foreign countries after Trump’s coronavirus task force realizes it will look bad when the public finds out what it has been doing.
April 2, 2020

FEMA tells House Oversight only 9,500 ventilators are in national stockpile, with only 3,200 more to come in next 2 weeks. The 100,000 ventilators Trump promised will not be available until June, at earliest, after need greatly diminishes.
April 3, 2020

After Jared Kushner announces that the Strategic National Stockpile is “for us” and not for the states in contradiction of the HHS website, the Trump Administration modifies the HHS website to align it with Kushner’s disinformation.
April 2, 2020

Trump Administration admits that strategic PPE reserves are *NOT* being sent to states or to hospitals that need them, but instead are being sent to private companies for sale to the highest bidder.
April 4, 2020

After Trump spends months touting the genius of his January 31 “travel ban” from China, it is revealed that 40,000 people have arrived in the US on direct flights from China since January 31, confirming yet another Trump failure.
April 7, 2020

Rather than working to fix continuing severe shortages of medical supplies as found by an Inspector General from his own Administration, Trump attacks the IG as politically biased and claims the IG’s report is a fake.
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