The U.S. hit a tragic anniversary Friday, precisely 12 months after then-President Donald Trump gloated that the U.S. was doing a “fairly good job” in opposition to the unfold of COVID-19 and that the 15 circumstances within the nation would rapidly be “down to shut to zero.”
He declared the next day that “like a miracle, it’s going to disappear.”
The U.S. loss of life toll now from COVID-19 has surpassed 510,000. Instances of the coronavirus have topped 28 million.
The day earlier than Trump’s 2020 prediction, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s Nationwide Heart for Immunization and Respiratory Ailments, warned: “We count on we’ll see group unfold on this nation. It’s not a lot a query of if it will occur anymore however moderately extra a query of precisely when it will occur and the way many individuals on this nation can have extreme sickness.”
Trump threatened to fireplace Messonnier after her warning, The Wall Avenue Journal reported.
But Trump admitted to Washington Publish journalist Bob Woodward weeks earlier than he claimed COVID-19 would vanish that he knew it was much more harmful than he had let on.
He informed Woodward in March: “I needed to at all times play it down.”
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