By Ann Brown
Donald Trump initially brushed off concerns over the coronavirus becoming a public-health and economic threat despite a 2019 Intelligence report that revealed otherwise. White House economists warned Trump in 2019 that a pandemic could hit the U.S., and hit it hard.
In September 2019, White House economists published a study that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half-million people in the U.S. and devastate the economy. According to insiders, the Trump administration failed to organize a preparation plan, The New York Times reported.
Instead, as the coronavirus pandemic began to spread from China to the rest of the world, Trump’s top economic advisers downplayed the potential threat the virus could be to the U.S. economy and public health.
China reported its first death on Jan. 11. The first confirmed case in the U.S. was announced on Jan. 21, according to a New York Times timeline.
“I don’t think corona is as big a threat as people make it out to be,” the acting chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Tomas Philipson, told Click here to read entire article