The Washington Post has published an explosive report about the early days of the coronavirus outbreak that throws a bombshell into the current narrative about the ongoing crisis.
According to the recently surfaced report, rumors that China was attempting to suppress the truth about the coronavirus outbreak were true, and U.S. intelligence officials warned Trump that the communist regime was “not being candid” about the threat posed by the novel virus, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump’s enemies are now using this report to place the blame for the nationwide shutdown and possible destruction of the economy squarely in the lap of the president.
Downplaying the intelligence
The Washington Post is claiming that unnamed sources within the intelligence community offered several warnings throughout January and February as to the possible threat the coronavirus posed to this country.
One unnamed official told the Post that Trump was informed that China “appeared to be minimizing the severity of the outbreak” and was “not being candid about the true scale of the crisis.”
The fact that Trump was at one point so complimentary of Chinese President Xi Jinping for being so “transparent,” as well as praising the efforts of China to contain the outbreak, is not helping his case.
To this point, no intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm or deny the information that was given to the Post, however.
It’s important to note, as the Washington Examiner did, that the early intelligence reports “didn’t predict when the virus might land on U.S. shores or recommend particular steps that public health officials should take.”
Trump took several early steps to mitigate the spread of the virus from China, including declaring a public health emergency and restricting travel from China on Jan. 31, much to the chagrin of Democrats and the media at the time.
However, as the disease spread for several weeks, most global leaders — including Trump — failed to act quickly to close borders and screen individuals for the virus early on. After infections exploded by the end of February, travel from Iran was closed, and this month, Trump closed travel from most of Europe, the U.K., and Ireland.
Without intelligence officials going on the record confirming allegations, it becomes extremely murky as to whether this report is legitimate or just a political hit job against Trump. If, however, these reports are corroborated and it is proven that Trump delayed his reaction, Democrats will have a field day — and it very well could cost Trump the re-election.
If the report is proven to be false, however, we can probably expect a massive purge in the intelligence community to rid the agencies of the constant undermining and leaking of information to the media.