Video emerges showing Trump talking about cutting pandemic team, despite him saying 'I didn't know about it'
President Donald Trump claimed a few days ago in front of the White House that he "didn't know" and wasn't responsible for firing the pandemic response team in 2018. He even looked behind him and tried to pass off the blame to officials that work beneath him when asked about it.
Trump told the reporter: "I think that's a nasty question."
We know for a fact that's a lie.
Here's video of President Trump explaining to a reporter in 2018 how him firing the pandemic response team wasn't that big of a deal:
"No, cause we can get money and restaff. We know all the people. Some of the people we cut haven't been used for many, many years. If we ever need them, we can get them very quickly. I don't like spending the money, I'm a business person. I don't like having thousands of people around when you don't need them."
This video will haunt Trump's re-election chances in 2020. No matter the result of the coronavirus conflict, and we hope there's a miracle on the horizon, it can be said with 100% certainty that Trump is to blame for the severity of the outbreak in the United States.
Furthermore - Trump has also made cuts to national security staff that have very likely been hurting the U.S. response. He's downsized the national security council, fired his Homeland Security advisor, who was in charge of handling pandemics, and just simply never re-filled that position.
Two other big positions, the senior director for global health security and the director for medical preparedness both left, and those positions have been vacant.
So, for the first time since 9/11, the President of the United States has no one in charge on the NSC to help assist him with an outbreak of a global disease.