How Trump Ignored Intelligence Briefings When the Virus Could Have Been Stopped
We begin with revelations in today’s Washington Post of the more than a dozen times in January and February Trump was warned in classified briefings about the threat of the coronavirus which he ignored, spending most of February downplaying the threat and only in mid-March as the stock market tanked with cases surging in New York, did he ban travel from Europe. Greg Miller a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter with The Washington Post and author of The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy joins us to discuss his latest article at The Washington Post “President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat“. We discuss the growing alarm and frustration of top intelligence officials and briefers who saw the looming threat and understood the urgent need to deal with it before it was too late, being unable to reach the world’s most powerful leader who does not trust experts or science and acts on is own self-serving and self-aggrandizing set of facts. So instead of trusting his own experts, Trump chose to believe his friend China’s Xi Jinping who was covering up China’s culpability at the time and the possibility that the virus was accidentally let loose because of lax containment at a Level 4 virology lab in Wuhan which was working on viruses in bats.