President Donald Trump stated on Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials didnt bring up the issue of the CCP virus until late January and didnt highlight the gravity of the threat during the briefing.
“On January 23, I was told that there could be a virus coming in but it was of no real import. In other words, it wasnt, Oh we gotta do something, we gotta do something. It was a brief conversation and it was only on January 23,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall.
The president said shortly afterward he closed the country to China.
“China should have stopped it, but China—they didnt know and they wouldnt let us in. We wanted to go into China. They didnt want us to go in because they didnt want to have us see it. Maybe they were worried about competence. Maybe they were worried about something else,” said Trump.
The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, originated in China in 2019 before spreading around the world, infecting millions, and killing hundreds of thousands.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesperson Susan Miller confirmed with CNN that the U.S. intelligence communitys first daily briefing about the contagion in China was shared with the president on Jan. 23, three days after the first confirmed case of the virus in the country and that he was then told that the virus was not that deadly.
National security adviser Robert OBrien had also confirmed the same timeline to the media.
“And the intelligence agencies … which are now very competently run with some great people … The intelligence agencies will tell you that tomorrow,” Trump said Sunday.
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