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Contrary to Trump’s Claim, A Pandemic Was Widely Expected at Some Point

At a White House briefing March 19, President Donald Trump said, “Nobody knew there’d be a pandemic or an epidemic of this proportion.” But that’s simply not the case.

Among others, the U.S. intelligence community warned in its annual threat report for 2019 that “that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death.”

The president made his remarks at a coronavirus task force . Trump deflected the blame when asked about the lack of coronavirus

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