Washington, United States:
US President Donald Trump was repeatedly warned of the dangers of the novel corona virus in intelligence meetings in January and February, the Washington Post reported late Monday.
The warnings – more than a dozen in secret briefings known as President’s Daily Brief – came during a time when the president was largely downplaying the risk of a COVID-19 pandemic.
The post cited unnamed current and former US officials, saying the warnings are included in the daily classified summary of key global issues and security threats.
For weeks, the Daily Briefs tracked the spread of the virus, said China suppressed information about the virus' lethality and ease of transmission, and mentioned the terrible political and economic ramifications, the post said.
The president, who was told by post officials that he often did not read the briefings and bristles because he had to listen to oral summaries, was unable to mobilize for a major pandemic.
Trump restricted travel between the United States and China in late January, but spent most of the following month downplaying the threat.
He only declared a national emergency about the coronavirus pandemic on March 13, when the stock market slumped and virus cases increased in New York.
Late Monday, the United States recorded a total of 56,144 coronavirus deaths with 988,197 confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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