Your excuse is invalid

I just want to underline this, even though I said it yesterday when he did the press rally. ABC News reports:

Concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report by the military’s National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), according to two officials familiar with the document’s contents.

The report was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images. It raised alarms because an out-of-control disease would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia — forces that depend on the NCMI’s work. And it paints a picture of an American government that could have ramped up mitigation and containment efforts far earlier to prepare for a crisis poised to come home.

Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,’ one of the sources said of the NCMI’s report. ‘It was then briefed multiple times to’ the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the White House.

November. Huh.

The Guardian, quoting this story, comments:

This news follows reports that Trump’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, wrote memos starting in late January warning of a potential coronavirus pandemic with catastrophic consequences for Americans’ health and finances.

The president claimed yesterday that he had never seen Navarro’s memos, but their existence undermines his defense of the federal government’s early response to the pandemic, which has been widely criticized.

Here’s what I want to underline: Trump seems to think that claiming he never saw the memos lets him off the hook. It does the opposite. It’s his job to see them, and to take them in and understand their meaning and act accordingly. That’s what he’s there for. That’s the job he decided to go after, and it is his obligation to do it. He swore an oath to do it. He’s not there to compose angry stupid tweets and shout at reporters and tell evil lies. He’s there to read the memos and do what needs to be done. His claim that he never saw them is simply an admission that he’s not even slightly doing the job he swore an oath to do.

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