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AUTHOR OF THE FORTHCOMING BOOK, "THE WORLD, A BRIEF "THE WORLD, A BRIEF INTRODUCTION" INTRODUCTION

" RICHARD HAASS RICHARD HAASS POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE "POST" AND POLITICAL ANALYST, "POST" AND POLITICAL ANALYST, ROBERT COSTA ROBERT COSTA MODERATOR OF "WASHINGTON WEEK" MODERATOR OF "WASHINGTON WEEK" ON PBS

ON PBS NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT FOR THE NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT FOR THE "WASHINGTON POST," GREG MILLER "WASHINGTON POST," GREG MILLER HE CO-WROTE THE EXTENSIVE PIECE HE CO-WROTE THE EXTENSIVE PIECE FOR THE "WASHINGTON POST" THAT FOR THE "WASHINGTON POST" THAT DETAILS THE FAILURES OF THE DETAILS THE FAILURES OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

REALLY SPELLS IT OUT REALLY SPELLS IT OUT QUOTE, BY THE TIME DONALD TRUMP QUOTE, BY THE TIME DONALD TRUMP PROCLAIMED HIMSELF A WARTIME PROCLAIMED HIMSELF A WARTIME PRESIDENT, AND THE CORONAVIRUS PRESIDENT, AND THE CORONAVIRUS THE ENEMY, THE UNITED STATES WAS THE ENEMY, THE UNITED STATES WAS ALREADY ON COURSE TO SEE MORE OF ALREADY ON COURSE TO SEE MORE OF ITS PEOPLE DIE THAN IN THE WARS ITS PEOPLE DIE THAN IN THE WARS OF KOREA, VIETNAM, AFTER DPANGHA OF KOREA, VIETNAM, AFTER DPANGHA AND IRAQ COMBINED AND IRAQ COMBINED THAT IS FROM THE LEAD STORY IN THAT IS FROM THE LEAD STORY IN YESTERDAY’S "WASHINGTON POST

" YESTERDAY’S "WASHINGTON POST" ON SUNDAY, THE PAPER PUBLISHED ON SUNDAY, THE PAPER PUBLISHED THE RESULTS OF A MONTH-LONG THE RESULTS OF A MONTH-LONG INVESTIGATION, A DEFINITIVE INVESTIGATION, A DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE GOVERNMENT FAIL ACCOUNT OF THE GOVERNMENT FAIL YURS YURS FAILURES TO PROPERLY ANTICIPATE FAILURES TO PROPERLY ANTICIPATE AND RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRY SUS CRY SUS CRISIS CRISIS IT TRACES THE FIRST 70 DAYS OF IT TRACES THE FIRST 70 DAYS OF THE OUTBREAK THE OUTBREAK

QUOTE, FROM THAT INITIAL QUOTE, FROM THAT INITIAL NOTIFICATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP NOTIFICATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO TREAT THE CORONAVIRUS NOT AS TO TREAT THE CORONAVIRUS NOT AS A DISTANT THREAT OR HARMLESS FLU A DISTANT THREAT OR HARMLESS FLU STRAIN WELL UNDER CONTROL, BUT STRAIN WELL UNDER CONTROL, BUT AS A LETHAL FORCE THAT HAD AS A LETHAL FORCE THAT HAD OUTFLANKED AMERICA’S DEFENSES OUTFLANKED AMERICA’S DEFENSES AND WAS POISED TO KILL TENS OF AND WAS POISED TO KILL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS THAT MORE THAN TWO-MONTH STRETCH THAT MORE THAN TWO-MONTH STRETCH NOW STANDS AS CRITICAL TIME THAT NOW STANDS AS CRITICAL TIME THAT WAS SQUANDERED WAS SQUANDERED HERE’S THE TIMELINE

HERE’S THE TIMELINE WE START ON DECEMBER 31st WE START ON DECEMBER 31st CDC LEARNS OF A CLUSTER OF CASES CDC LEARNS OF A CLUSTER OF CASES IN CHINA AND BEGINS DEVELOPING IN CHINA AND BEGINS DEVELOPING REPORTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF REPORTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOW MANUMAN SERVICES HEALTH AND HOW MANUMAN SERVICES

JANUARY 3rd, CHINA TELLS CDC OF JANUARY 3rd, CHINA TELLS CDC OF THE OUTBREAK THE OUTBREAK AZAR IS INFORMED, WHO U IN TURNI AZAR IS INFORMED, WHO U IN TURNI INFORMS THE WHITE HOUSE AND INFORMS THE WHITE HOUSE AND SECURITY COUNCIL SECURITY COUNCIL FEW DAYS LATER, SPY AGENCIES FEW DAYS LATER, SPY AGENCIES WARN TRUMP OF THE OUTBREAK IN WARN TRUMP OF THE OUTBREAK IN THE DAILY BRIEFING

THE DAILY BRIEFING JANUARY 8th, CDC ISSUES A PUBLIC JANUARY 8th, CDC ISSUES A PUBLIC WARNING ABOUT COVID-19 WARNING ABOUT COVID-19 JANUARY 18th, AZAR FINALLY GETS JANUARY 18th, AZAR FINALLY GETS TO TALK TO TRUMP ABOUT COVID-19, TO TALK TO TRUMP ABOUT COVID-19, BUT TRUMP WANTS TO BERATE HIM BUT TRUMP WANTS TO BERATE HIM INSTEAD OVER HIS AGENCY’S INSTEAD OVER HIS AGENCY’S ATTEMPTS TO LIMIT VAPING ATTEMPTS TO LIMIT VAPING

THE PRESIDENT DISMISSES AZAR AS THE PRESIDENT DISMISSES AZAR AS ALARMIST ALARMIST THE HHS SECRETARY IS SO WORRIED, THE HHS SECRETARY IS SO WORRIED, THAT HE ASKS ASSOCIATED ADVICE THAT HE ASKS ASSOCIATED ADVICE ON HOW TO GET TRUMP TO LISTEN TO ON HOW TO GET TRUMP TO LISTEN TO THE WARNINGS THE WARNINGS JANUARY 31st, SEATTLE MAN JANUARY 31st, SEATTLE MAN BECOMES THE FIRST AMERICAN TO BECOMES THE FIRST AMERICAN TO CONTRACT THE VIRUS

CONTRACT THE VIRUS JANUARY 22nd, TRUMP IS ASKED BY JANUARY 22nd, TRUMP IS ASKED BY A REPORTER IN DAVOS IF HE IS A REPORTER IN DAVOS IF HE IS WORRIED ABOUT COVID-19 WORRIED ABOUT COVID-19 >> IT’S ONE PERSON COMING IN >> IT’S ONE PERSON COMING IN FROM CHINA FROM CHINA

WE HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL WE HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL IT’S GOING TO BE JUST FINE IT’S GOING TO BE JUST FINE >> JANUARY 424th, CHINA BLOCKS A >> JANUARY 424th, CHINA BLOCKS A U

S LAB FROM GETTING A VIRUS US LAB FROM GETTING A VIRUS SAMPLE TO STUDY, ONE DAY AFTER SAMPLE TO STUDY, ONE DAY AFTER SHUTTING DOWN THE CITY OF WUHAN SHUTTING DOWN THE CITY OF WUHAN

TRUMP, IN TURN, LAVISHES PRAISE TRUMP, IN TURN, LAVISHES PRAISE ON THE CHINESE PRESIDENT ON THE CHINESE PRESIDENT JANUARY 31st, AZAR FOLLOWS JANUARY 31st, AZAR FOLLOWS CHINA’S LEAD BY BANNING MOST CHINA’S LEAD BY BANNING MOST NON-US CITIZENS FROM TRAVELING NON-U

S CITIZENS FROM TRAVELING FROM CHINA TO THE US FROM CHINA TO THE US

US HEALTH OFFICIALS AND NSC US HEALTH OFFICIALS AND NSC PUSH FOR A EUROPE TRAVEL BAN, PUSH FOR A EUROPE TRAVEL BAN, BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND TREASURY BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN REFUSE

SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN REFUSE SAYING IT WILL HURT THE ECONOMY SAYING IT WILL HURT THE ECONOMY FEBRUARY 6th, THE WH

O FEBRUARY 6th, THE WHO ANNOUNCES THE SHIPPING OF ANNOUNCES THE SHIPPING OF 250,000 TESTING KITS FOR 250,000 TESTING KITS FOR COVID-19 AROUND THE WORLD

COVID-19 AROUND THE WORLD THE CDC ONLY HAS 90 TO SEND TO A THE CDC ONLY HAS 90 TO SEND TO A FEW STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS FEW STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS THOSE TESTS PROVE FAULTY, THOSE TESTS PROVE FAULTY, SETTING THE PROGRAM BACK SETTING THE PROGRAM BACK

FEBRUARY 10th, TRUMP ADDRESSES FEBRUARY 10th, TRUMP ADDRESSES THE VIRUS AT A RALLY IN NEW THE VIRUS AT A RALLY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HAMPSHIRE >> BY THE WAY, THE VIRUS >> BY THE WAY, THE VIRUS THEY’RE WORKING HARD

THEY’RE WORKING HARD LOOKS LIKE BY APRIL, YOU KNOW, LOOKS LIKE BY APRIL, YOU KNOW, IN THEORY, WHEN IT GETS A LITTLE IN THEORY, WHEN IT GETS A LITTLE WARMER, IT MIRACULOUSLY GOES WARMER, IT MIRACULOUSLY GOES AWAY AWAY HOPE THAT’S TRUE HOPE THAT’S TRUE

WE’RE DOING GREAT IN OUR WE’RE DOING GREAT IN OUR COUNTRY COUNTRY >> FEBRUARY 26th, TRUMP, AGAIN, >> FEBRUARY 26th, TRUMP, AGAIN, TAKES OPT SS ON THE FUTURE OF TH TAKES OPT SS ON THE FUTURE OF TH VIRUS VIRUS >> WHEN YOU HAVE 15 PEOPLE, AND >> WHEN YOU HAVE 15 PEOPLE, AND THE 15 WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS THE 15 WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS IS GOING TO BE DOWN TO CLOSE TO IS GOING TO BE DOWN TO CLOSE TO ZERO

ZERO >> FEBRUARY 29th, THE WASHINGTON >> FEBRUARY 29th, THE WASHINGTON STATE MAN BECAME THE FIRST STATE MAN BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN TO DIE OF A CORONAVIRUS AMERICAN TO DIE OF A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION INFECTION THAT SAME DAY, AFTER A MONTH OF THAT SAME DAY, AFTER A MONTH OF CDC FAILURES, THE FDA APPROVES CDC FAILURES, THE FDA APPROVES PRIVATE TESTING FOR COVID-19 PRIVATE TESTING FOR COVID-19

MARCH 6th, TRUMP, DONNING A MARCH 6th, TRUMP, DONNING A CAMPAIGN HAT, VISITS THE CDC IN CAMPAIGN HAT, VISITS THE CDC IN ATLANTA ATLANTA >> ANYBODY RIGHT NOW, AND >> ANYBODY RIGHT NOW, AND YESTERDAY, ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A YESTERDAY, ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A TEST GETS A TEST TEST GETS A TEST THEY’RE THERE

THEY’RE THERE THEY HAVE THE TESTS THEY HAVE THE TESTS THE TESTS ARE BEAUTIFUL THE TESTS ARE BEAUTIFUL

ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A TEST GETS A ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A TEST GETS A TEST TEST AND I LIKE THIS STUFF AND I LIKE THIS STUFF YOU KNOW, MY UNCLE WAS A GREAT YOU KNOW, MY UNCLE WAS A GREAT PERSON

PERSON HE TAUGHT AT MIT FOR, I THINK, A HE TAUGHT AT MIT FOR, I THINK, A RECORD NUMBER OF YEARS RECORD NUMBER OF YEARS HE WAS A GREAT SUPER GENIUS, DR HE WAS A GREAT SUPER GENIUS, DR

JOHN TRUMP JOHN TRUMP I LIKE THIS STUFF I LIKE THIS STUFF I REALLY GET IT

I REALLY GET IT PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED THAT I PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED THAT I UNDERSTAND IT UNDERSTAND IT EVERY ONE OF THESE DOCTORS SAID, EVERY ONE OF THESE DOCTORS SAID, HOW DO YOU KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT HOW DO YOU KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT THIS? THIS? MAYBE I HAVE A NATURAL ABILITY MAYBE I HAVE A NATURAL ABILITY

MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT INSTEAD OF RUNNING FOR INSTEAD OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT PRESIDENT >> NOT AT ALL >> NOT AT ALL YOU KNOW, MARCH 6th, MIKA, YOU KNOW, MARCH 6th, MIKA, AGAIN, HE SAYS THAT THE TESTS, AGAIN, HE SAYS THAT THE TESTS, THEY’RE THERE NOW

THEY’RE THERE NOW ANYONE WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET ANYONE WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET IT NOW IT NOW THAT WAS ON MARCH THE 6th THAT WAS ON MARCH THE 6th

CHANCES ARE VERY GOOD, IF YOU CHANCES ARE VERY GOOD, IF YOU WANT THE TEST NOW AS AN WANT THE TEST NOW AS AN AMERICAN, YOU CAN’T GET IT AMERICAN, YOU CAN’T GET IT >> YEAH >> YEAH THAT WAS NOT TRUE

THAT WAS NOT TRUE MARCH 9th — MARCH 9th — >> THAT WAS A LIE >> THAT WAS A LIE >> — TRUMP MOCKS SHUTDOWN >> — TRUMP MOCKS SHUTDOWN ORDERS, SAYING THE COMMON FLU ORDERS, SAYING THE COMMON FLU KILLS THOUSANDS A YEAR AND KILLS THOUSANDS A YEAR AND NOTHING IS SUBSTITUTE SHUTHUT DO NOTHING IS SUBSTITUTE SHUTHUT DO LIFE AND THE ECONOMY GO ON LIFE AND THE ECONOMY GO ON

IT’LL GO AWAY IT’LL GO AWAY STAY CALM STAY CALM MARCH 11th, TRUMP SHUTS DOWN MARCH 11th, TRUMP SHUTS DOWN TRAVEL FROM EUROPE

TRAVEL FROM EUROPE SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THE NSA AND SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THE NSA AND HEALTH OFFICIALS REQUIRED HE DO HEALTH OFFICIALS REQUIRED HE DO SO SO MARCH 31st, AT A NEWS MARCH 31st, AT A NEWS CONFERENCE, THE PRESIDENT CONFERENCE, THE PRESIDENT FINALLY SUCKFINAL FINALLY SUCKFINAL LY SUCCUMBS TO THE CORONAVIRUS LY SUCCUMBS TO THE CORONAVIRUS REALITY, SAYING IT IS ABSOLUTELY REALITY, SAYING IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CRITICAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES FOR THE TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS NEXT 30 DAYS

>> IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND >> IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, FRANKLY DEATH, FRANKLY IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH DEATH I KNOW OUR CITIZENS WILL RISE TO I KNOW OUR CITIZENS WILL RISE TO THE OCCASION, AND THEY ALREADY THE OCCASION, AND THEY ALREADY HAVE SACRIFICED A LOT

HAVE SACRIFICED A LOT >> HE HAD ACTUALLY CALLED IT A >> HE HAD ACTUALLY CALLED IT A HOAX BEFORE THEN HOAX BEFORE THEN >> CALLED THE PRESS COVERAGE, >> CALLED THE PRESS COVERAGE, CALLED THE PRESS COVERAGE A CALLED THE PRESS COVERAGE A HOAX, SAYING THEY WERE HOAX, SAYING THEY WERE EXAGGERATING EXAGGERATING

>> THE "POST" CONCLUDES THE >> THE "POST" CONCLUDES THE UNITED STATES WILL LIKELY GO UNITED STATES WILL LIKELY GO DOWN AS THE COUNTRY THAT WAS DOWN AS THE COUNTRY THAT WAS SUPPOSEDLY BEST PREPARED TO SUPPOSEDLY BEST PREPARED TO FIGHT A PANDEMIC BUT ENDED UP FIGHT A PANDEMIC BUT ENDED UP CATASTROPHICALLY OVERMATCHED CATASTROPHICALLY OVERMATCHED IT DID NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN THIS IT DID NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN THIS WAY WAY THOUGH NOT PERFECTLY PREPARED, THOUGH NOT PERFECTLY PREPARED, THE UNITED STATES HAD MORE THE UNITED STATES HAD MORE EXPERTISE, RESOURCES, PLANS, AND EXPERTISE, RESOURCES, PLANS, AND EPIDEEM EPIDEEM EPI DEEM LOJ EPI DEEM LOJ EXPERIENCE THAN DOZENS OF EXPERIENCE THAN DOZENS OF COUNTRIES WHO ULTIMATELY FAIRED COUNTRIES WHO ULTIMATELY FAIRED FAR BETTER IN FENDING OFF THE FAR BETTER IN FENDING OFF THE VIRUS VIRUS VIRUS

VIRUS IT MAY NEVER BE KNOWN HOW MANY IT MAY NEVER BE KNOWN HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF DEATHS OR MILLIONS THOUSANDS OF DEATHS OR MILLIONS OF INFECTIONS FIGHT SS MIGHT HAV OF INFECTIONS FIGHT SS MIGHT HAV PREVENTED WITH THE RESPONSE THAT PREVENTED WITH THE RESPONSE THAT WAS MORE COHERENT, URGENT, AND WAS MORE COHERENT, URGENT, AND EFFECTIVE EFFECTIVE >> GREG MILLER WAS A CO-AUTHOR >> GREG MILLER WAS A CO-AUTHOR

DPREG, DPREG, GREG, I THINK THE THING THAT GREG, I THINK THE THING THAT WILL STRIKE MOST AMERICANS WHO WILL STRIKE MOST AMERICANS WHO ARE STILL HEARING THE PRESIDENT ARE STILL HEARING THE PRESIDENT IN DENIAL INTO MARCH, IS WHAT IN DENIAL INTO MARCH, IS WHAT HAPPENED, HOW EARLY ALL THE HAPPENED, HOW EARLY ALL THE WARNINGS CAME THE PRESIDENT’S WARNINGS CAME THE PRESIDENT’S WAY AND EVERYBODY’S WAY IN THE WAY AND EVERYBODY’S WAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHITE HOUSE DECEMBER 31st OF LAST YEAR, CDC DECEMBER 31st OF LAST YEAR, CDC BEGINS DEVELOPING THE REPORTS BEGINS DEVELOPING THE REPORTS FOR HHS AFTER GETTING THE FOR HHS AFTER GETTING THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRUS INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRUS JANUARY 3rd, FORMAL NOTIFICATION JANUARY 3rd, FORMAL NOTIFICATION CAME FROM CHINA

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CAME FROM CHINA A FEW DAYS LATER, EARLY JANUARY, A FEW DAYS LATER, EARLY JANUARY, US SPY AGENCIES BEGAN WARNING US

SPY AGENCIES BEGAN WARNING THE PRESIDENT OF THE OUTBREAK IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE OUTBREAK IN THE PRESIDENT’S DAILY BRIEF THE PRESIDENT’S DAILY BRIEF ON JANUARY THE 3rd, CDC CHIEF ON JANUARY THE 3rd, CDC CHIEF RELAYED THE DISTURBING NEWS TO RELAYED THE DISTURBING NEWS TO HHS SECRETARY AZAR HHS SECRETARY AZAR JANUARY 3rd, AZAR CHAIRED THAT JANUARY 3rd, AZAR CHAIRED THAT CHINESE VIRUS INFORMATION WITH CHINESE VIRUS INFORMATION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND NSA

THE WHITE HOUSE AND NSA ON THE 6th, CDC OFFERED ON THE 6th, CDC OFFERED ASSISTANCE TO CHINA ASSISTANCE TO CHINA THAT SAME WEEK, THE HHS CONVENED THAT SAME WEEK, THE HHS CONVENED AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON COVID-19 COVID-19

HHS’S AZAR, THE CDC HEAD, AND HHS’S AZAR, THE CDC HEAD, AND DR FAUCI DR FAUCI OBJECT OBJECT ON THE 8th, CDC ISSUED A PUBLIC ON THE 8th, CDC ISSUED A PUBLIC WARNING ABOUT COVID-19

WARNING ABOUT COVID-19 ALL THAT, THAT’S ALL WITHIN, ALL THAT, THAT’S ALL WITHIN, BASICALLY, THE FIRST WEEK OF BASICALLY, THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY JANUARY >> RIGHT >> RIGHT

AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO — I AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO — I MEAN, THE PURPOSE OF THIS STORY MEAN, THE PURPOSE OF THIS STORY WAS TO LOOK AT THAT TIMELINE WAS TO LOOK AT THAT TIMELINE BECAUSE SO MUCH OF IT WAS BECAUSE SO MUCH OF IT WAS SQUANDERED SQUANDERED I MEAN, PREPARING FOR THE I MEAN, PREPARING FOR THE OUTBREAK OF A NOVEL VIRUS, LIKE OUTBREAK OF A NOVEL VIRUS, LIKE THE CORONAVIRUS, EXPERTS AND THE CORONAVIRUS, EXPERTS AND PROFESSIONALS WILL TELL YOU, PROFESSIONALS WILL TELL YOU, REQUIRES SORT OF WORST-CASE REQUIRES SORT OF WORST-CASE SCENARIO THINKING FROM THE VERY SCENARIO THINKING FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BEGINNING IT REQUIRES TAKING PREPARATIONS IT REQUIRES TAKING PREPARATIONS THAT ULTIMATELY MIGHT NOT BE THAT ULTIMATELY MIGHT NOT BE NECESSARY AND THAT YOU HOPE WILL NECESSARY AND THAT YOU HOPE WILL NOT BE NECESSARY

NOT BE NECESSARY BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TIME TO TAKE BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF IT LATER CARE OF IT LATER THAT’S SORT OF WHAT WE ARE THAT’S SORT OF WHAT WE ARE FACING IN THE UNITED STATES NOW FACING IN THE UNITED STATES NOW

THESE DELAYS SET BACK THE THESE DELAYS SET BACK THE DEVELOPMENT OF TESTING, WHICH DEVELOPMENT OF TESTING, WHICH CONTRIBUTED HEAVILY TO THE CONTRIBUTED HEAVILY TO THE INABILITY TO TRACK THE OUTBREAKS INABILITY TO TRACK THE OUTBREAKS IN PLACES LIKE SEATTLE, LOS IN PLACES LIKE SEATTLE, LOS ANGELES, AND, OF COURSE, NEW ANGELES, AND, OF COURSE, NEW YORK YORK IT CONTRIBUTED TO THE INABILITY IT CONTRIBUTED TO THE INABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PROCURE OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PROCURE BADLY NEEDED SUPPLIES THAT ARE BADLY NEEDED SUPPLIES THAT ARE NOW IN ACUTE SHORTAGES AT NOW IN ACUTE SHORTAGES AT HOSPITALS DEALING WITH THIS HOSPITALS DEALING WITH THIS OUTBREAK OUTBREAK YOU HAVE TO LOOK BACK AT THAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK BACK AT THAT FIRST MONTH, AND EVEN THAT FIRST MONTH, AND EVEN THAT SECOND MONTH, AS EXTREMELY SECOND MONTH, AS EXTREMELY COSTLY FOR U

S CITIZENS COSTLY FOR US CITIZENS

>> JONATHAN LEMIRE? >> JONATHAN LEMIRE? >> GREG, GREG, IT’S JONATHAN >> GREG, GREG, IT’S JONATHAN LEMIRE LEMIRE TERRIFIC PIECE TERRIFIC PIECE THANK YOU FOR WALKING US THROUGH THANK YOU FOR WALKING US THROUGH IT

IT I WANTED TO ZERO IN ON THAT I WANTED TO ZERO IN ON THAT IDEA IDEA YOU JUST STARTED TOUCHING ABOUT YOU JUST STARTED TOUCHING ABOUT IT, ON TESTING IT, ON TESTING

IT SEEMS LIKE THAT’S THE BIGGEST IT SEEMS LIKE THAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND TO THIS EFFECTIVELY AND THOSE TO THIS EFFECTIVELY AND THOSE THAT HAVE NOT THAT HAVE NOT THE US, SADLY, IS IN THE THE U

S, SADLY, IS IN THE LATTER CATEGORY LATTER CATEGORY WALK US THROUGH IT WALK US THROUGH IT

TAKE US INTO A LITTLE MORE TAKE US INTO A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ON THE STEPS MISSED DETAIL ON THE STEPS MISSED INSTEAD OF PRODUCING WIDESPREAD INSTEAD OF PRODUCING WIDESPREAD TESTS, THE WHITE HOUSE NOT TESTS, THE WHITE HOUSE NOT MOBILIZING THE PRIVATE SECTOR MOBILIZING THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHICH, AS YOU SAID, WOULD ALLOW WHICH, AS YOU SAID, WOULD ALLOW THE NATION TO EFFECTIVELY TRACK THE NATION TO EFFECTIVELY TRACK WHAT’S GOING ON AND POTENTIALLY WHAT’S GOING ON AND POTENTIALLY STOP THIS SPREAD STOP THIS SPREAD >> YEAH

>> YEAH BECAUSE INTERRUPTING, SLOWING BECAUSE INTERRUPTING, SLOWING THE SPREAD OF A VIRUS LIKE THIS THE SPREAD OF A VIRUS LIKE THIS REALLY COMES DOWN TO YOUR REALLY COMES DOWN TO YOUR ABILITY TO FIGURE OUT WHO HAS IT ABILITY TO FIGURE OUT WHO HAS IT AND WHO DOESN’T AND SEPARATE AND WHO DOESN’T AND SEPARATE THOSE PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS YOU THOSE PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN CAN SO IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TEST, YOU SO IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TEST, YOU DON’T HAVE THAT VISIBILITY INTO DON’T HAVE THAT VISIBILITY INTO THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

THAT WAS A CRITICAL ISSUE IN THAT WAS A CRITICAL ISSUE IN THIS CASE THIS CASE AND THE BREAKDOWN CAME FOR MANY AND THE BREAKDOWN CAME FOR MANY REASONS REASONS I MEAN, ONE OF THE FIRST WAS I MEAN, ONE OF THE FIRST WAS THAT CHINA ITSELF REFUSED FOR A THAT CHINA ITSELF REFUSED FOR A WHOIL WHOIL WHILE TO PROVIDE SAMPLES OF THE WHILE TO PROVIDE SAMPLES OF THE VIRUS

VIRUS THAT WAS A SETBACK FOR US THAT WAS A SETBACK FOR US

RESEARCHERS AND SCIENTISTS RESEARCHERS AND SCIENTISTS THAT WAS THE EARLIEST OF A THAT WAS THE EARLIEST OF A SERIES OF CASCADING FAILURES SERIES OF CASCADING FAILURES WHICH ALSO, I THINK, WHEN WE WHICH ALSO, I THINK, WHEN WE SPOKE TO U

S OFFICIALS IN THE SPOKE TO US OFFICIALS IN THE ADMINISTRATION, IN THE CDC AND ADMINISTRATION, IN THE CDC AND ELSEWHERE, ACKNOWLEDGED THAT ELSEWHERE, ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE WAS SOME INSTITUTIONAL HUE THERE WAS SOME INSTITUTIONAL HUE BRIS HERE BRIS HERE

THE CDC MANY YEARS HAS TAKEN THE THE CDC MANY YEARS HAS TAKEN THE LEAD ON DEVELOPING TESTS FOR LEAD ON DEVELOPING TESTS FOR OUTBREAKS LIKE THIS, AND FELT OUTBREAKS LIKE THIS, AND FELT CERTAIN THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE CERTAIN THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE CASES CASES THEY WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT, NO THEY WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT, NO NEED TO ENLIST THE DOZENS AND NEED TO ENLIST THE DOZENS AND DOZENS OF PRIVATE LABORATORIES DOZENS OF PRIVATE LABORATORIES THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS, THAT THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS, THAT ARE ALSO ABLE TO DEVELOP TESTS ARE ALSO ABLE TO DEVELOP TESTS LIKE THIS LIKE THIS SO WHEN THE CDC TEST FAILED, AND SO WHEN THE CDC TEST FAILED, AND THIS WAS CRITICAL, THEY SEND THIS WAS CRITICAL, THEY SEND SAMPLES OUT

SAMPLES OUT THEY THINK THEY’RE READY TO GO THEY THINK THEY’RE READY TO GO THESE LABS START USING THEM THESE LABS START USING THEM AROUND THE COUNTRY AROUND THE COUNTRY

THEY REALIZE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THEY REALIZE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THEY’RE GIVING BAD RESULTS THEY’RE GIVING BAD RESULTS THEY’RE NOT RELIABLE THEY’RE NOT RELIABLE THEN YOU’RE BACK TO SQUARE ONE

THEN YOU’RE BACK TO SQUARE ONE THAT’S A SQUANDERING THAT’S A SQUANDERING IT’S A CRITICAL SQUANDERED IT’S A CRITICAL SQUANDERED PERIOD OF TIME PERIOD OF TIME

>> AND THERE’S A DATE HERE, >> AND THERE’S A DATE HERE, FEBRUARY 27th FEBRUARY 27th FDA OFFICIAL LASHES AT THE CDC, FDA OFFICIAL LASHES AT THE CDC, SAYING THAT IF THEY WERE A SAYING THAT IF THEY WERE A PRIVATE BUSINESS, QUOTE, I WOULD PRIVATE BUSINESS, QUOTE, I WOULD SHUT YOU DOWN SHUT YOU DOWN ONE FAILURE AFTER ANOTHER

ONE FAILURE AFTER ANOTHER THE BBC’S KATTY KAY IS WITH US THE BBC’S KATTY KAY IS WITH US SHE HAS THE NEXT QUESTION SHE HAS THE NEXT QUESTION

>> GREG, IT CERTAINLY IS >> GREG, IT CERTAINLY IS STRIKING READING YOUR REPORT STRIKING READING YOUR REPORT YESTERDAY, AND THEN LISTENING TO YESTERDAY, AND THEN LISTENING TO THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, AND THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, AND HOW OFTEN WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT HOW OFTEN WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT SAY WHAT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT SAY WHAT A FANTASTIC JOB THE A FANTASTIC JOB THE ADMINISTRATION IS DOING ADMINISTRATION IS DOING IS THERE ANYONE IN THE IS THERE ANYONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION, ACCORDING TO ADMINISTRATION, ACCORDING TO YOUR REPORTING YOUR REPORTING WHO WOULD RECOGNIZE YOUR WHO WOULD RECOGNIZE YOUR TIMETABLE AND ADMIT THAT THERE TIMETABLE AND ADMIT THAT THERE WERE MOMENTS WHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, WERE MOMENTS WHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH THE TESTS THAT WENT WRONG, WITH THE TESTS THAT WENT WRONG, THINGS THAT WENT WRONG, OR THAT THINGS THAT WENT WRONG, OR THAT THE TESTS THAT THEY PROMISED THE TESTS THAT THEY PROMISED WERE GOING TO GET OUT DIDN’T GET WERE GOING TO GET OUT DIDN’T GET OUT, OR LOCKDOWNS THEY SAID WERE OUT, OR LOCKDOWNS THEY SAID WERE GOING TO HAPPEN DIDN’T HAPPEN ON GOING TO HAPPEN DIDN’T HAPPEN ON TIME? TIME? HOW MUCH RECOGNITION AND HOW MUCH RECOGNITION AND ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY IS ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY IS THERE ANYWHERE IN THE THERE ANYWHERE IN THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THIS HAS ADMINISTRATION THAT THIS HAS BEEN A CATALOG OF MISSTEPS? BEEN A CATALOG OF MISSTEPS? >> WELL, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, IN >> WELL, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, IT’S HIGHLY THIS ADMINISTRATION, IT’S HIGHLY PERILOUS FOR ANYBODY TO PERILOUS FOR ANYBODY TO CONTRADICT THE PRESIDENT

CONTRADICT THE PRESIDENT YOU DON’T LAST VERY LONG IF YOU DON’T LAST VERY LONG IF YOU’RE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE WITH YOU’RE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE WITH THE PRESIDENT, OR YOU UNDERCUT THE PRESIDENT, OR YOU UNDERCUT WHAT HE IS SAYING WHAT HE IS SAYING IN THIS CASE THOUGH, I MEAN, WE IN THIS CASE THOUGH, I MEAN, WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY IMPORTANT WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY IMPORTANT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIGH UP IN INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIGH UP IN THE ADMINISTRATION WHO WERE ON THE ADMINISTRATION WHO WERE ON THE CASE FROM VERY EARLY ON THE CASE FROM VERY EARLY ON

MATT POTINGER IS THE ADVISER WHO MATT POTINGER IS THE ADVISER WHO WAS URGING ACTION IN FEBRUARY WAS URGING ACTION IN FEBRUARY HE WAS URGING THE STOPPAGE OF HE WAS URGING THE STOPPAGE OF FLIGHTS FROM CHINA FLIGHTS FROM CHINA TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BLOCKS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BLOCKS FLIGHTS FROM CHINA BUT ALLOWS FLIGHTS FROM CHINA BUT ALLOWS FLIGHTS TO CONTINUE INTO THE FLIGHTS TO CONTINUE INTO THE UNITED STATES FOR WEEKS FROM UNITED STATES FOR WEEKS FROM EUROPE, AFTER THE OUTBREAK IS EUROPE, AFTER THE OUTBREAK IS ALREADY THERE

ALREADY THERE HIS GUIDANCE OR ADVICE GOES HIS GUIDANCE OR ADVICE GOES IGNORED FOR A MONTH OR SO IGNORED FOR A MONTH OR SO IN PART, BECAUSE HIS VOICE IS IN PART, BECAUSE HIS VOICE IS DROWNED OUT BY THOSE WHO WERE DROWNED OUT BY THOSE WHO WERE GUARDING THE ECONOMY AND THE GUARDING THE ECONOMY AND THE STOCK MARKET, INCLUDING THE STOCK MARKET, INCLUDING THE CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE TIME, CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE TIME, MULVANEY MULVANEY

THERE WERE THESE FRICTIONS AND THERE WERE THESE FRICTIONS AND BATTLES INSIDE THE BATTLES INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT MORE, WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT MORE, PREVENTING THIS VIRUS FROM PREVENTING THIS VIRUS FROM SPREADING IN THE UNITED STATES SPREADING IN THE UNITED STATES OR PREVENTING THE STOCK MARKET OR PREVENTING THE STOCK MARKET FROM PLUNGING? FROM PLUNGING? >> ALL RIGHT >> ALL RIGHT GREG MILLER, THANK YOU SO MUCH GREG MILLER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US

FOR BEING WITH US THANK YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES THANK YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES FOR GREAT REPORTING

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