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New York Times continues to spread Chinese disinformation, blames Trump for not acting soon enough

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a highly-critical piece of President Trump, which essentially accused the president, yet again, for mishandling the coronavirus in its early stages. 

The article claims that many top political and health officials warned the president in early January and February about the seriousness of the pandemic-to-be, but that Trump purposefully delayed taking action. 

The article, which should be labeled an op-ed, continues to say, “The Chinese government misled other governments, they say. And they insist that the president was either not getting proper information, or the people around him weren’t conveying the urgency of the threat.” Though the Times intends for this statement to be comical — ‘here Trump goes again with his conspiracy theories’ — it is anything but; it is disturbing, at best, as it further shows the media’s blind trust of the Chinese government, and the disinformation it continues to spread.

This weekend, Fox News host Jesse Watters interviewed Dr. Fauci and asked him various questions in regard to the Trump Administration’s early response to the virus. Watters reminded Fauci that throughout January, even Fauci didn’t consider the coronavirus to be a high threat to America. 

When asked further about his early statements, Fauci said: “It was at a time, in early January, when the Chinese were saying first that it was only going from an animal to a human, and then, when there were human cases … they looked like they were very inefficiently transmitted. It was at that time, I believe mid-January, that we made the statement that if in fact … that if it’s mostly animal to human and we’re not in China and that it’s very inefficiently spread, that it may not be something that is of a major threat outside of China.”

He continued to say that once it became clear that the virus was not only transmissible from human to human but highly contagious, “it became very clear we were in for a problem.” At that time, Fauci said there was still travel to and from China, and though “we cut off the Chinese pretty quickly, once it was seeded in this country, it does what any transmissible virus does.” 

So, China lied, and once this was clear, the president acted.

Fauci then addressed China’s early response, saying: “Early on, we did not get correct information. And the incorrect information was propagated right from the beginning. When the first cases came out that were identified, I think on December 31 in China … they said this was just animal to human, period. Now we know, retrospectively, that there was ongoing transmission from human to human in China, probably at least a few weeks before then.”

Again, Fauci is stating the facts: that China had lied to the world about not only the severity of the coronavirus, but about how it spreads. Trump shut down travel to and from China on January 31, but as Fauci said, once the virus traveled here, it was already too late. And not because Trump acted too late, but because China lied. If the country’s top health officials didn’t fully understand the insidiousness of the virus in early January, how could Trump?

It is always easier to look back, once all the data is collected, to say, ‘we could have done better.’ Unfortunately, due to China’s complete lack of transparency, the Trump Administration could not have acted any earlier than it did. 

The article ended stating: “There were key turning points along the way, opportunities for Mr. Trump to get ahead of the virus rather than just chase it. There were internal debates that presented him with stark choices, and moments when he could have chosen to ask deeper questions and learn more. How he handled them may shape his re-election campaign. They will certainly shape his legacy.”

Well, his response will certainly shape his legacy, and for the better, as he continues to do everything he can to combat a pandemic. As for the New York Times, however, its legacy will most certainly be shaped by its misreporting of the facts. 


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