Guardian: The Missing six weeks: How Trump failed the biggest test of his life

The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus – but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions


GuardianUK: When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus.

In the two months since that fateful day, the responses to coronavirus displayed by the US and South Korea have been polar opposites.

One country acted swiftly and aggressively to detect and isolate the virus, and by doing so has largely contained the crisis. The other country dithered and procrastinated, became mired in chaos and confusion, was distracted by the individual whims of its leader, and is now confronted by a health emergency of daunting proportions.

Within a week of its first confirmed case, South Korea’s disease control agency had summoned 20 private companies to the medical equivalent of a war-planning summit and told them to develop a test for the virus at lightning speed.

Donald at “Gay Pride Week” in New York with very very good friend (who died of AIDS), mob boss Roy Cohn

A week after that, the first diagnostic test was approved and went into battle, identifying infected individuals who could then be quarantined to halt the advance of the disease.  Read more, no pay wall:




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  1. yes…the similarities to boy bush are staggering.
    something, mr trump, you should forever feel ashamed of.

  2. I think that the reporter left out a large piece of information about the ventilators. I read that the president originally wanted GM to build ventilators and then changed his mind because his son in law Jared felt he could get a better price someplace else, I saw prez Trump actually say of film that he was going to write for a better price. This stays with me because we are probably going to need them before they are ready. We could purchase from China but what’s a few dead when you have to keep your pride or whatever . This little piece of info says a lot and should be a part of any report..its not that he didn’t want to use the executive privilege it was another blow off of his that probably angered some people. I think you should do another report and be 100 percent accurate and real

  3. I tend to agree you. In the midst of all this, the Federal Reserve expanded its asset sheet by $944 billion in two weeks, TWO WEEKS! It’s also reported that they petitioned congress to include a provision in the Coronavirus Act to eliminate transparency of the Fed; be able to conduct meetings in secret and suspend Sunshine laws.

  4. don’t worry – if all goes well, the current US and UK world-view marketing campaign will divert anger onto China. It’s ineresting to note how many otherwise rational articles go out of their way to include a by-the-way assertion of some sort or other that the virus originated in China. (.. rather than was first detected as Coronavirus by a responsible organisation)

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