When Trump imposed the travel ban on China – which did not ban everyone from traveling from there – it exempted Americans and their families as well as citizens of Hong Kong and Macao who were coming from China. There was no ban on people coming in from Europe until March 12. That allowed people to come in from overseas to attend business conferences such as the the one who attended the international business conference held in Boston from February 26-27 by Biogen at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel which infected thousands.
That ban was imposed as we now know from Bob Woodworth’s just published book which is supported by Trump’s own words recorded over 18 interviews and which recordings have been made available to the public. On February 7 Trump told Woodworth that he had spoken to XI about the virus in China. He said he knew the virus was at least five times worse than the flu and that it was very dangerous and could be transmitted through the air. He noted to Woodward how dangerous it was because of that.
After that time Trump played down the dangerous nature of the virus knowing that he was doing it. He said he was doing it to keep the people calm. He told Woodward on March 19 that he was deliberately downplaying the dangerousness and the seriousness of Covid-19 and had been doing it all along. He was admitting that he was lying to the American people about the seriousness of the virus making them more complacent and believing that it was not a danger to them or their families.
We now have the largest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world. The last I looked it was over 190,000 Americans who had died. Why so many? It was because Trump lied and Americans died. He deliberately and admittedly downplayed the virus knowing its great danger. How is it possible for a person not to understand that Trump led thousands upon thousands to their death by deceiving them.
Imagine that people would vote for this guy. It is beyond belief. Imagine if Trump had come out and warned Americans of its danger as was his obligation. Imagine if rather than shifting the burden to the governors he acted on his own to protect the American people. But that is so much against what one can expect from Trump.
Have you seen his latest gatherings in Florida and North Carolina where the people are still crowding in without masks? Trump says nothing about it. He stands there indifferent to the fate of those showing up to listen to him. Have you seen him at his other gatherings where people crowd in maskless while he stands back from them protecting himself?
Without knowing of his deliberated duplicity regarding the virus it should have been obvious he cared little for the folks. A man standing with a Bible while telling the people one thing and a book writer another. What a sad state of affairs!