Trump briefed before his inauguration: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918’

In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now.

Shortly before Trump’s inauguration, his incoming team learned of a disease that could cause a pandemic, a strain of novel influenza known as H9N2. The disease had crashed health systems in Asia because they became overwhelmed by the care and demands the disease caused.

“Health officials warn that this could become the worst influenza pandemic since 1918,” Trump’s aides were told. Soon, they heard cases were popping up in California and Texas.

Although the 2017 crisis didn’t really happen — it was among a handful of scenarios presented to Trump’s top aides as part of a legally required transition exercise with members of the outgoing administration of Barack Obama.

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President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice wrote an OpEd in The New York Times slamming the Trump administrations and claiming they failed miserably at handling the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S.

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