Axios: Navarro dramatically warned of coronavirus in Jan/Feb memos

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  1. TheOriginalHappyGoat

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    Currently known for crazily yelling at Fauci in the Situation Room, per Axios, Navarro was actually one of the few people trying to convince the President that this disease had the potential to be disastrous early on. Specifically, on Jan. 29, he warned that a cost-benefit analysis suggested that the potential devastation of a coronavirus pandemic, without aggressive containment to combat it, could cost the U.S. half a million lives and $3+ trillion in economic losses. He argued that the first necessary step was an immediate travel ban applied to China, advice the President took two days later. In the Feb. 23 memo, Navarro raised the death estimate to 1-2 million, asked for supplemental funding for PPE, treatment, and vaccine development, and accused members of the Task Force of being "risk averse," delaying the necessary aggressive response.

    Supposedly, Navarro isn't very popular because of his caustic style, but perhaps he was the one really on the right track all along.
     
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    Nonsense!
    Ask our president who was the right one all along!
    Do you trust Navarro or our duly elected president?
    I bet Lucy is with me on this as always. ;)
     
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    There were plenty of warnings about a pandemic coming. Bill Gates - 2015, Obama admin left a pandemic playbook, laying out what to do, step by step (plan trashed by Bush admin), Alex Azar in 2019 stared that the fear of a pandemic kept him up at nights, Alex Azar advised Trump in early Jan of the upcoming pandemic combing from China —-do you need more?
     
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    Sober minds would be wise to look for positive takeaways. In particular, this shows we had ample advance warning —remarkable considering the immediacy of the warning — the virus started in December presumably and we had warning in January.

    In other words, with proper leadership, we have done just fine.

    Takeaway: We need leadership willing to know and face the truth.
     
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    Kudos to him for taking this seriously.

    While handing out kudos, kudos to Bush 43. Almost all of our emergency supplies was bought by him. Neither Obama nor Trump had done much to increase that supply pre March 2020.
     
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    Since I have touted Bush 43 a couple times, here is a great story on his pandemic fears. Obama and Trump both missed the boat (as has every congress since):

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/geo...ggX9OLBVtBvWsCNMV1xn6yGhprHjjU27ZSMod3OnQc0aw
     

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