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US Intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned Trump about the dangers of COVID-19

US Intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned Trump about the dangers of COVID-19

Us intelligence agencies warned Donald Trump more than a dozen times about the dangers of COVID-19 in daily news materials during January and February, the Washington Post reports.

According to current and former officials who spoke to the newspaper, daily reports compiled by the intelligence community for the President contained warnings about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, as well as claims that Chinese officials were hiding the extent of the virus and the number of deaths from it.

Meanwhile, the publication's interlocutors noted that it seems that the President did not take these warnings seriously.

In particular, they reported that Trump refused to form a White House task force on coronavirus until the end of February.

Besides, sources of the newspaper said that Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger called for the termination of air traffic with Europe back in February. Meanwhile, trump implemented this step only in March.

Earlier, US media reported that US intelligence agencies began collecting information about a new type of coronavirus that appeared in China back in November. The alleged intelligence became known to the President on January 3 during a daily briefing.

Meantime, Donald Trump said during a press conference at the White House that he learned about the severity of the coronavirus only "shortly before" the US imposed travel restrictions on China, which took effect on February 2.

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