The U.S. hit a tragic anniversary Friday, precisely 12 months after then-President Donald Trump gloated that the U.S. was doing a “pretty good job” towards the unfold of COVID-19 and that the 15 instances within the nation would shortly be “down to close to zero.”
He declared the next day that “like a miracle, it will disappear.”
The U.S. death toll now from COVID-19 has surpassed 510,000. Cases of the coronavirus have topped 28 million.
The New York Daily News used Trump’s quote on the entrance web page when the U.S. handed a half million COVID-19 deaths on Monday. “So Far From Zero” the headline mentioned.
The day earlier than Trump’s 2020 prediction, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, warned: (*1*)
Trump threatened to fire Messonnier after her warning, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Yet Trump admitted to Washington Post 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 advised Woodward in March: “I wanted to always play it down.”
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