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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 06:49 PM

Former Trump advisers used private emails to warn of 'critical mistakes' in pandemic response [View all]

Source: The Hill

Top advisers to former President Trump used private emails to warn of the government's "critical mistakes" in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the president was downplaying the severity of the virus, according to emails obtained by the House coronavirus subcommittee and released Tuesday.

Steven Hatfill, a virologist who worked as an outside consultant for the administration, privately warned White House trade director Peter Navarro at the end of February 2020 that the U.S. did not have any accurate sense of just how many people were infected with the virus.

"In truth we do not have a clue how many are infected in the USA. We are expecting the first wave to spread in the US within the next 7 days," Hatfill wrote to Navarro on Feb. 29.

"This will be accompanied by a massive loss of credibility, and the Democratic accusations are just now beginning. This must be countered with frank honesty about the situation and decisive direct actions that are being taken and can be seen in the broadcast news."

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/former-trump-advisers-used-private-emails-to-warn-of-critical-mistakes-in-pandemic-response/ar-AAOqYQb?li=BBnb7Kz

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