PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindo asked President Donald Trump on March 13 why he shut down the White House Pandemic Office in 2018:
You said you don’t take responsibility [for slow response to coronavirus] but you did disband the White House Pandemic Office. So, what responsibility do you take to that? And the officials that worked in that office said that you — that the White House lost valuable time because that office was disbanded? What do you make of that?
Trump whined about the question, and then falsely claimed he did not shut down the office:
Well, I just think it’s a nasty question. What we’ve done is — and Tony had said numerous times that we saved thousands of lives because of the quick closing. And when you say me, I didn’t do it. We have a group of people…
I could ask, perhaps — my administration, but I could perhaps ask Tony about that, because I don’t know anything about i. I mean, you say we did that. I don’t know anything about it.
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