Why am I not surprised?
“The epidemiological models under review in the White House Situation Room in late March were bracing. In a best-case scenario, they showed the novel coronavirus was likely to kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. President Trump was apprehensive about so much carnage on his watch, yet also impatient to reopen the economy — and he wanted data to justify doing so.
So the White House considered its own analysis. A small team led by Kevin Hassett — a former chairman of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers with no background in infectious diseases — quietly built an econometric model to guide response operations.
Many White House aides interpreted the analysis as predicting that the daily death count would peak in mid-April before dropping off substantially, and that there would be far fewer fatalities than initially foreseen, according to six people briefed on it.
Although Hassett denied that he ever projected the number of dead, other senior administration officials said his presentations characterized the count as lower than commonly forecast — and that it was embraced inside the West Wing by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and other powerful aides helping to oversee the government’s pandemic response. It affirmed their own skepticism about the severity of the virus and bolstered their case to shift the focus to the economy, which they firmly believed would determine whether Trump wins a second term. …”
Imagine being a fly on the wall in the White House.
I would love to read transcripts of Trump’s conversations with private equity and hedge fund billionaires like Steve Schwarzman and Nelson Peltz in February in which he was advised to “ride it out” and think of it as “just the flu.” What role did Dr. Jared Kushner and Dr. Sean Hannity play in making that call and coming up with this absurd narrative? When did the WHO inform Trump that it was “just the flu”?
Did Dr. Jared Kushner look up “coronavirus” on Wikipedia and conclude that COVID-19 was the common cold and advise Trump that it would disappear in April? What has Dr. Laura Ingraham told the president at the White House about Fauci and Birx? Did she recommend injecting disinfectant? Has anyone in the White House read Dr. Andrew “Mountain Dew” Anglin’s findings about the coronavirus?