Trump Melts Down After CBS News Reporter Asks About His Slow Coronavirus Response

President Donald Trump had a meltdown after CBS News reporter Paula Reid asked why he wasted precious time to take significant action on the deadly coronavirus:

The people are wise to you … you know you’re a fake — you know that!

Reid, who has a JD from Villanova University School Law and a Masters in Bioethics (MBE) from the University of Pennsylvania, was referring to a damning report by the New York Times on April 11:

Throughout January, as Mr. Trump repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus and focused on other issues, an array of figures inside his government — from top White House advisers to experts deep in the cabinet departments and intelligence agencies — identified the threat, sounded alarms and made clear the need for aggressive action...

Despite Mr. Trump’s denial weeks later, he was told at the time about a Jan. 29 memo produced by his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, laying out in striking detail the potential risks of a coronavirus pandemic: as many as half a million deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses

The health and human services secretary, Alex M. Azar II, directly warned Mr. Trump of the possibility of a pandemic during a call on Jan. 30, the second warning he delivered to the president about the virus in two weeks. The president, who was on Air Force One while traveling for appearances in the Midwest, responded that Mr. Azar was being alarmist.

(Sources: C-SPAN via Twitter, The New York Times)

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