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Trump's Failed Coronavirus Response Part 2

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In February he knew COVID-19 was dangerous, but he intentionally downplayed it.

In March he didn't want to be held responsible for it.

He told governors they were responsible for getting ventilators and protective equipment - setting off bidding wars, state against state, city against city.

He peddled an unproven remedy, hydroxychloroquine, which the FDA warned against.

There was no national response. No national standards. Governors and mayors haphazardly closed businesses and schools.

In April he suggested more quack remedies.

He pushed governors to reopen states earlier than the Centers for Disease Control thought wise. The CDC warned him such reopenings could mean a "significant risk of resurgence of the virus."

In May he continued to minimize the threat.

He blamed the increasing number of cases on excessive testing.

In June he suggested slowing the testing down.

In July he muzzled CDC experts. The Trump administration directed hospitals to stop reporting key coronavirus data to the nonpartisan CDC, and instead report it to HHS, which falls under the supervision of the administration.

He demanded schools ignore CDC guidelines, and plan to fully reopen in the Fall -- even threatening to cut off funding if schools refused.

His political appointees pressured the CDC to change warnings and scientific conclusions they didn't like.

He lied about how well America was doing relative to the rest of the world.

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