The Washington Post reports:
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as White House officials debated whether to bring infected Americans home for care, President Donald Trump suggested his own plan for where to send them, eager to suppress the numbers on U.S. soil.
“Don’t we have an island that we own?” the president reportedly asked those assembled in the Situation Room in February 2020, before the U.S. outbreak would explode. “What about Guantánamo?”
“We import goods,” Trump specified, lecturing his staff. “We are not going to import a virus.” Aides were stunned, and when Trump brought it up a second time, they quickly scuttled the idea, worried about a backlash over quarantining American tourists on the same Caribbean base where the United States holds terrorism suspects.
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“Testing is killing me!” Trump reportedly exclaimed. “I’m going to lose the election because of testing! What idiot had the federal government do testing?”
“Uh, do you mean Jared?” Azar responded.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) June 21, 2021
It is not too late to indict Trump as the mass murderer he is.
He wanted to send COVID-infected Americans to Gitmo. https://t.co/fi7AQU7QgL
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 21, 2021
“Trump’s rages frequently distracted senior officials and slowed the national response…the book also depicts the president as ineffectual and out of touch while his health and national security officials tried to manage the worsening outbreak.” https://t.co/KO7QnAb4XD
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