The Timeline Of Trump’s Actions During COVID-19

Timeline written by Teague Egan:
Dec 18 – House Impeaches Trump
Jan 8 – First CDC warning on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Jan 9 – Trump campaign rally
Jan 14 – Trump campaign rally
Jan 15 – House delivers impeachment articles to Senate
Jan 18 – Trump golfs
Jan 19 – Trump golfs
Jan 20 – first case of COVID-19 in the US, Washington State.
Jan 22 – “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
Jan 28 – Trump campaign rally
Jan 30 – Trump campaign rally
Jan 30 – “We have it under control.”
Jan 30 – The W.H.O. declared a global health emergency
Jan 31 – Trump suspended all flights between the U.S. and mainland China
Jan 31 – Italy confirms first case in Rome
Feb 1 – Trump golfs
Feb 2 – “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
Feb 2 – The first coronavirus death was reported outside China, in the Phillipines.
Feb 5 – Senate votes to acquit. Then takes a five-day weekend.
Feb 5 – A cruise ship in Japan quarantines thousands
Feb 10 – “You know in April supposedly it dies down with the hotter weather.”
Feb 10 – Trump campaign rally
Feb 12 – Dow Jones closes at an all time high of 29,551.42
Feb 13 – There are more than 14,000 new cases in Hubei Province, China.
Feb 14 – “When it gets warm, historically it’s been able to kill the virus.”
Feb 14 – France announces the first coronavirus death in Europe
Feb 15 – Trump golfs
Feb 17 – 328 Americans disembarked the Diamond Princess and are routed to the airport. At some point, the CDC found out 14 are positive for the Coronavirus. The CDC does not want to transport the infected Americans. The State Department (Robert Kadlec) overruled them and boarded them on the plane with the other passengers, cordoned off and separated by 10 foot high plastic on all four sides.
Feb 19 – Trump campaign rally
Feb 20 – Trump campaign rally
Feb 21 – Trump campaign rally
Feb 24 – “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
Feb 25 – “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
Feb 25 – “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
Feb 25 – “People are getting better. They’re all getting better.”
Feb 26 – “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
Feb 26 – “We’re going very substantially down, not up. This is a flu. This is like a flu. You treat this like a flu. It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we’ll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner.”
Feb 26 – CDC confirms first case of suspected local transmission in the U.S.
Feb 27 – “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
Feb 28 – “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
Feb 28 – Trump campaign rally – calls it the new Democratic hoax.
Feb 29 – First COVID-19 death in US
Mar 2 – “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
Mar 2 – “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
Mar 3 – CDC lifts restrictions for virus testing
Mar 4 – “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
Mar 5 – “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
Mar 5 – “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
Mar 6 – “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
Mar 6 – “You’re talking about really low numbers in the United States. Our numbers are just about lower than anybodies.”
Mar 6 – “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
Mar 6 – “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
Mar 7 – Trump golfs
Mar 8 – Trump golfs
Mar 8 – “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”
Mar 9 – “This blindsided the world.”
Mar 10 – “It’s really working out. And a lot of good things are going to happen.”
Mar 11 – TRUMP SUSPENDS ALL FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE; NBA suspends season. “We are responding with great speed and professionalism.”
Mar 12 – MLS and NHL suspends season. “It’s gonna go away.”
Mar 13 – “No I don’t take responsibility at all.”
Mar 13 – Trump declares national emergency
Mar 14 – Young Asian-American family of 4 stabbed in TX Sam’s Club by man who thinks they’re responsible for COVID.
Mar 15 – 3,613 COVID-19 cases, 69 deaths
Mar 15 – “We’re all going to be great. We’re going to be so good.”
Mar 15 – CDC warns against larger than 50 gatherings
Mar 16 – “It came up so suddenly.”
Mar 16 – The DOW drops 2,999 points in one day
Mar 17 – NCAA cancels March Madness. DOW is 21,237 (total loss of 8,314 since 2/12/2020)
Mar 17 – “This is a pandemic,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries.”
Mar 17 – COVID-19 now present in all 50 states
Mar 18 – “It’s not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
Mar 18 – Democratic House expects a Coronavirus Relief bill to be passed with the next day or two
Mar 21 – House passes bill. The entire country awaits the return of the Senate.
Mar 23 – Senate Republicans create new bill. Senate Democrats will not support and push for provisions for middle/lower class Americans and to tighten ban on Trump family profiting and accountability for slush fund.
Mar 23 – Dow Jones closes at 18,591.93
Mar 23 – Senate votes on bill/compromise.
Mar 23 – 9 states order shelter in place
Mar 25 – 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment.
Mar 26 – 21 states order to shelter in place
Mar 26 – 85,425 US cases & 1,295 deaths
Mar 30 – Dow Jones closes at 21,917.16
Mar 30 – 30 states order to shelter in place
Apr 2 – There are over 1 million cases worldwide, 1,015,877 and 53,218 deaths. The U.S. has 245,193 cases and 6,088 deaths.
Apr 2 – More than 10 million Americans lost their jobs in March. 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment.
Apr 3 – 277,467 COVID-19 cases; 7,402 deaths in the United States. Unites States now has at least 38.9% of total world cases and 22% of total world deaths.
Apr 3- There are 9 states remaining that do not have a stay-at-home order.

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