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THREAD: Fri Jan 31, 2020, a few weeks before #Coronavirus has officially spread to other countries (which led to the bad stock market week Feb 24-Feb 28), the Trump Admin announced travel restrictions on China. Here is some of the reporting it generated. Take Politico of 2/4/20.
"The Trump admin's quarantine and travel ban in response to the Wuhan coronavirus could UNDERCUT international efforts to fight the outbreak by antagonizing Chinese leaders, as well as stigmatizing people of Asian descent, according to public health experts and lawmakers."
"WHO chief @DrTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday (Feb 4, 2020) that widespread travel bans and restrictions weren’t needed to stop the outbreak and could 'have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.'" -…
Sun Feb 2, the Trump Admin ordered U.S. travelers to China’s Hubei province to be held in a mandatory quarantine for two weeks, the anti-Trump article by @AliceOllstein at Politico quoted "healths experts" who said this will make it worse because people will hide their symptoms.
The 2/4/20 Politico article by @AliceOllstein quoted Dem @RepBera fully opposing the late Jan/early Feb steps of the Trump Admim! This is paragraph 13 and 14 of the article -- ALL of which were anti the Trump Admin's moves to contain the virus 5 weeks ago.
At the end of the article, paragraph 20 onward, did Politico finally have a few quotes backing the Trump Admin's early public efforts on Corona which, again, was almost 3 weeks before it was reported to have reached Italy, S. Korea and so on. Why is this relavant? Because the
lead item now on Politico is an article by @ddiamond headlined "Trump's mismanagement helped fuel coronavirus crisis." Sub:
"Current and former administration officials blame the president for creating a no-bad-news atmosphere that stifled attempts to combat the outbreak."
Interesting is that when the Admin announced measures 5 + weeks ago (which was weeks before the numbers came in from Italy etc), it was @ddiamond who wrote an article which showed that many arms of the US Gov are fully invovled from CDC to State and DHS.…
Politico's Dan Dimond tweets now that Trump's "initial coronavirus moves [late Jan] were widely hailed as strong an appropriate response." Um no. Diamond's 1/31/20 article did not praise; it merely gave facts and days later Politico's narrative was that Trump is overreacting.
Politico's narrative in early Feb didn't just attack the Trump Admin's steps on Corona as being too much. The article kept blaming the moves as harming efforts to control the virus! One such claim came from @RepBera; the other came from WHO's top doctor! See the four attachments:
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