ABC News reports that U.S. intelligence officials were warning about the novel coronavirus as early as November, sources say.
Concerns about COVID-19 were detailed in an intelligence report by the military’s National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI).
One source familiar with the documents contents said, “Analysts concluded [an outbreak in the U.S.] could be a cataclysmic event.”
This is the second reported warning this week that went unchecked by the Trump administration.
On Monday, a memo from White House adviser Peter Navarro surfaced, which made a dire warning to the president and his team.
The memo, dated January 29, stated, “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. This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”
Despite repeated briefings, the Trump administration wasted 70 days before taking meaningful action to contain the virus.
One possible reason?
As Axios reported in February of 2018, President Trump reportedly does not read his intelligence briefings.
As they noted, “[B]y not reading the daily briefing, the president could hamper his ability to respond to crises in the most effective manner, intelligence experts warned.”
Former CIA director Leon Panetta added, “Something will be missed. If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases the risk that he will make a mistake.”
We are now living with the consequences of a president who refuses to read; one who refuses to trust the intelligence officials, instead relying on the ‘information’ spewed by Fox News talking heads.