Detailed Timeline: Trump and Coronavirus

Copied from Facebook. See my earlier post: No Additional Words Necessary for a more visual timeline.

  • Dec 18th – House Impeaches Trump
  • Jan 8th – First CDC warning
  • Jan 9th – Trump campaign rally
  • Jan 14th – Trump campaign rally
  • Jan 16h – House sends impeachment articles to Senate
  • Jan 18th – Trump golfs
  • Jan 19th – Trump golfs
  • Jan 20th – first case of corona virus in the US, Washington State.
  • Jan 22nd – “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
  • Jan 28th – Trump campaign rally
  • Jan 30th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 1st – Trump golfs
  • Feb 2nd – “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
  • Feb 5th – Senate votes to acquit. Then takes a five-day weekend.
  • Feb 10th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 12th – Dow Jones closes at an all time high of 29,551.42
  • Feb 15h – Trump golfs
  • Feb 19th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 20th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 21st – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 24th – “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
  • Feb 25h – “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
  • Feb 25h – “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
  • Feb 26th – “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
  • Feb 26th – “We’re going very substantially down, not up.” Also “This is a flu. This is like a flu”; “Now, you treat this like a flu”; “It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we’ll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner.”
  • February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
  • Feb 28th – “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
  • Feb 28th – Trump campaign rally
  • March 2nd – “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
  • March 2nd – “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
  • March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
  • March 5th – “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
  • March 5th – “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
  • March 6th – “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
  • March 6th – “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
  • March 6th – “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
  • March 6th – “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”
  • March 7th – Trump golfs
  • March 8th – Trump golfs
  • March 8th – “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”
  • March 9th – “This blindsided the world.”
  • March 13th – [Declared state of emergency]
  • March 17th – “This is a pandemic,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
  • March 18th – “It’s not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
  • March 23th- Dow Jones closes at 18,591.93
  • March 25th – 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment.
  • March 30th – Dow Jones closes at 21,917.16
  • April 2nd – 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment.

Image by Elliot Alderson from Pixabay

22 thoughts on “Detailed Timeline: Trump and Coronavirus

  1. I copied this (Newsweek headline):
    “COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is now the deadliest disease in the United States, killing more people per day than cancer or heart disease.”
    Holy crap.

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  2. It’s actually much, much worse. We now know US Intel was warning about C-19 outbreak in late November.

    Report: U.S. Intelligence Officials Warned About Coronavirus In Wuhan In Late November

    The White House’s National Security Council, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the Defense Intelligence Agency were all briefed on the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, as early as late November, according to ABC News citing four unnamed sources familiar with a classified intelligence report. The briefing, if true, adds to mounting evidence that the U.S. government could have acted sooner to contain the virus.

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    • From the report — On Tuesday, Trump threatened to pull funding from the World Health Organization because “they called it wrong.” The organization called a public health emergency on January 30.

      Unless a person or organization (!) agrees with the stable genius, they’re automatically put on his shit-list. And since the only thing he really cares about is M.O.N.E.Y., he uses that to “punish” those who disagree with him.

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  3. He wasn’t distracted by impeachment. He was distracted by golf and stupidity. As usual.

    I saw the Newsweek report too. I suspect your “it’s no worse than the flu” trolls like Chicagoja won’t be visiting here for a while…..

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  4. HA! Picture this … tRumpsky’s personal hairdresser contracted the virus.

    P.S. Just a make-believe scenario, but my imagination made it a very funny image.


  5. To be fair, Trump administration has engaged in some actual and even drastic things to prevent catastrophy. They rapidly responded to a real threat and stopped traffic from Europe, when the Corona outbrake in Italy and rest of Europe was coming to light. For some reason they did not stop traffic from Great Britain, wich meant that Heathrow airport in London became a bit of bottleneck for trans-Atlantic travel and people from Europe could still make their way to the US through there. Because the British were at the time still acting according to a similar plan as the Swedes, not to impede traffic, nor commerce very much, in hopes of achievieving enough protection through only providing good advice to the public. The British of course soon came to the realisation, that this was not enough, as now have the Swedes…

    Trump seems to have something personal against the Swedes, or perhaps it is because Sweden has so often been presented as a functioning society, that has so much of the socialist elements (having been run by the socialists of the Social Democratic party for such a long time) in their society, that it does not fit the world view of Trump nor his followers. Or should I say, as he is a candidate who firmly believes in the good of Capitalism – and why not, look at all the good it has brought to him personally – Sweden is a personal insult to his beliefs. Even though there is controlled Capitalism in Sweden, it seems that the people who fear Socialism in the US and hold firm faith in Capitalism, are the people to whom the mention of Sweden is really annoying.

    Donald has had many arguments with the Swedes and the new thing he has come up with is, that Sweden is somehow suffering from the Corona-virus more than the US. It is a blatant and utterly stupid lie. Or perhaps it reveals, that either Donald does not understand the reality, or possily even worse, does not even care. The most frightening thing about this, is that he can rely on the general public in the US to be ignorant enough, not to know any better, and at least some of the US newschannels not to challenge the president on facts about his wild and frankly embarrasing claims. In reality, even though Sweden has suffered more than it’s neighbours (such as us here in Finland), when the statistics are compared between Sweden and the US, there are only 900 infections per one billion people in Sweden, while the US has more than 1300 infections per one billion people and the rate of infections in the US is far more steeper than what it is in Sweden. This according to the John Hopkins University today.

    It might be even worse for the US, because frankly put, the US is much like a developing country in how it’s economy, politics and especially healthcare is run. The US is generally seen as one of the Western countries and a first world nation and it indeed has much of the world wealth, some high technology and historically speaking an early democratic political system, but in reality the very big economy of the US has created a very steep division between the rich and the poor citizens – A typical third world phenomenon. The major part of US public spending is directed to the military – A typical developing country (or should I say banana republic) phenomenon. The level of general education and even the persentage of literacy is poor and the prisons are full – both typical developing country phenomena. There is no general healthcare system in the US – An outrageously typical third world country symptom of either the lack of public funds or simply poor policy. In the case of the US, it would seem the latter is the sole reason. In relation to a capacity to face a pandemic, this means that we do not even know what the situation in third world countries are, because, if there is no healthcare for the masses of poor, then there is no method of making statistics about the number of infection cases. Sadly same applies much to the US.

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    • IMO, rautakyy, you made some excellent points. Obviously, I had never thought of the U.S. as a “third world country,” but you pointed out several examples that seem to fit. Others who have a wider outlook on such things may disagree, but your examples gave me pause for thought.

      One thing is for certain, socialist-type governments most definitely do not fit the world view of Trump! He’s much more interested in an autocratic government.

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      • Yes, well. One easily exaggerates, when trying to make a point. The world is not simply divided into first and third world countries. The question is mostly about how any country treats people. What are the metrics by wich we should asses that and what counts as actual wellbeing for the people? What are the similarities between first and third world countries, and how harmfull/beneficial those similarities are? The US is the only western country that still has the death penalty. Even Russia has abolished that abomination. In the US the discussion about abortion is today as heated as it ever was in other western countries during 1960’s. This while the US is closer to the so called Third World countries in infant and mother death rates…

        The US has many virtues and admirable traditions in civic rights. It does not say in the US constitution, that the citizens should be free to pursue profit, but happiness. It is a political question wether the pursuit of happiness means accessability to consumer products, basic human rights, and a bit of a moral question how much does the super rich Capitalist act as a catalyst for, or against the happiness and wellbeing of others.

        Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola has a stand up act, where he says that England is a third world country. He makes the point by listing things that are typical to British culture, that are considered quite old fashioned in the Nordic countries. Such as the separate cold and warm water tabs, double glazing in windows, toilet doors opening inside the toilet booths.


    • I’ve been saying this for years. There are many statistical indicators in which the US is falling alarmingly further and further behind other advanced nations — many of them in fields like health outcomes and life expectancy. A lot of it has to do with the lack of universal coverage, which exacerbates the inequality. It also varies by geography. The gaps between the most advanced region (New England) and the most backward (the deep South) are enormous.

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      • Different nations have different abilities to face a pandemic, some are more prepared than others. Sadly it is a pandemia, that reveals how well or badly countries are run in regards to the particular type of emergency. It also reveals something about the general inequality within the society.

        If I have this right, there was a boom in the US after WWII to expand education to all citizens, free meals for all the students and stuff like that, wich is a the way to go, if one wants the full potential of the population to come to use of the nation. Universal healthcare was only being installed in almost any country at the time. The big Communist scare of the time led to very different long term solutions in many of the Western countries. Many Western European countries started to compete with the Soviet Union and it’s satellites in creating even better general education and universal healthcare, than what the Communists were doing. While other countries, like the US propably according to it’s long historical cultural tradition emphasized a different approach in wich the freedom and liberties were more in the focus, than universal equality. And indeed there were issues in the US, that were set in the focus of the public arena, like racism, while in Europe it had descended into infamy along with the Nazies and the Fascists losing their stupid war.

        It is a moral question of values, wether one sees the society as a competition, in wich some want to cheat and make sure, that they and theirs have the advantage in comparrison to others, or if one sees the society as a means for all to have fullfilling and satisfactory lives.

        The ultimate question is about accepting inequality as some sort of natural part of life, or as a problem, that can be treated, if not ever totally abolished. There are no countries, where everybody has a moral stance on this, there are only countries where the balance is for the better at the moment.

        I have to say, that as long as there are leaders like Victor Orban, or Matteo Salvini within the EU and Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson in Europe beyond the Union, we have very little to make fun of the US for the sake of Donald Trump.

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  6. My husband has suddenly realized that Dr. Oz (of the carcinia gambogia scams fame) isn’t so bad, since apparently Trump has anointed him as an official something or other…I suddenly had this terrifying vision of Dr. Oz being joined by Dr. Phil, Oprah, and Marie Osmond. (and the crowd cheers…)

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