Trump learned of a memo in January warning ‘half a million American souls’ could die of coronavirus, and he was displeased his adviser put it in writing
President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Washington.
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- President Donald Trump was informed in late January of a memo written by his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, warning that ‘half a million American souls’ could die of coronavirus, The New York Times reported Saturday.
- Trump has denied he saw the memo at the time.
- The Times also reported that Trump was displeased that Navarro had put the information in writing.
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- President Donald Trump was reportedly told as early as January about a memo written by one of his advisers that warned of mass death in the United States from a coronavirus outbreak, though he has denied that he saw the memo at the time.
- In a damning profile of the White House’s actions leading up to the US’s coronavirus outbreak, The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump did indeed learn of the January 29 memo written by his trade adviser, Peter Navarro.
- The memo reportedly included a warning that up to 30% of the US population could be infected, and the death toll could be “on the order of a half a million American souls.”