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BREAKING NEWS:

United States has 6,798,195 Infection and 200,679 Death from Covid-19.

The combination of this Administration Incompetent Leadership and Blind Support from Republican Loyalists and Enablers has resulted in the Most Devastating Infection and Death in the World from COVID-19. China, where this Global Pandemic Started has a Death Toll of 4,634 compare that to USA at 200,679 ..a Devastating Result from Absolute Incompetent Leadership. If these numbers are the casualties of war from two opposing countries, would you dare ask who is winning?


If You Continue Lying When Americans are Dying, that is CRIMINAL (not almost criminal)! 

"It goes through the air," the President said. "That's always tougher than the touch. You don't have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus." .. a stark contrast to his frequent public comments at the time insisting that the virus was "going to disappear" and "all work out fine."

The President admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus," and that he repeatedly played it down publicly. The President is now claiming that he lied to 'prevent panic', to me, that is acceptable. But when the people you are suppose to protect starts dying, that is when you stop lying. When the lives of the american people becomes less important than staying in power, that is when you know that you now live in a dictatorship.

From Downplaying of COVID-19 at the onset of this global pandemic, to Lack of PPE's and Covid-19 Testing, to Hydroxychloroquine and Injecting Disinfectant, Rushing to Reopen Economy, to Emboldening (potentially) White Supremacists in Uniform, to Russian Bounties over the Lives of American Soldiers, absolute defiance on Wearing MasksForcing Teachers and Schools to ReopenPromoting Falsehood Manufactured by Russian Trolls, and now, Using the Appointed Officials to Potentially Purge Votes at Mail-In Ballots. If we let loyalists of this President conduct their destructive activity we are surely headed for more destruction.

The danger of creating legions of 'LOYALISTS' that adheres to the concept of 'Blind Loyalty' and willing to risk their own life just to support an individual or party. To loyalists, seeking clean air, water, and protecting the environment becomes a 'political agenda', rather than basic human fight for self preservation. Today, loyalists of this Administration sees SCIENCE and Evidence Based Approach as threat to their well being and treat the people who are trying to protect them as enemies. Loyalists to this administration now sees 'Wearing Masks' as another 'Political Agenda', rather than mere self-protection and protection of people around you.

How do I know how loyalists behave and how they think, because I grew up with parents who are loyalists. But, there are signs that following a political figure blindly is more prevalent in 'older generation' and not likely on younger ones. I used to share the mindset of my parents but I was able to open my views and realized that I really don't conform to the idea of supporting a political figure or party no matter what. I also don't see this type of mindset on my children.

There is a smart way to re-open our economy but it should be based on science and recommendations from smart people and not from politicians or media host that acts as political strategists of this Administration.

Finally, the only way to reopen communities is to conduct more covid-19 testing, and proper contact tracing. This is our only chance to mitigate damages from this deadly virus and the smart way to reopening our communities.

The President told Woodward, coronavirus was maybe five times "more deadly" than the flu.. 

The President admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and "more deadly than even your strenuous flu," and that he repeatedly played it down publicly, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward in his new book "Rage."

"This is deadly stuff," The President told Woodward on February 7.

In a series of interviews with Woodward, the President revealed that he had a surprising level of detail about the threat of the virus earlier than previously known. "Pretty amazing," the President told Woodward, adding that the coronavirus was maybe five times "more deadly" than the flu.

The President's admissions are in stark contrast to his frequent public comments at the time insisting that the virus was "going to disappear" and "all work out fine."

The book, using the President's own words, depicts a President who has betrayed the public trust and the most fundamental responsibilities of his office. In "Rage," The President says the job of a president is "to keep our country safe." But in early February, the President told Woodward he knew how deadly the virus was, and in March, admitted he kept that knowledge hidden from the public.

"I wanted to always play it down," the President told Woodward on March 19, even as he had declared a national emergency over the virus days earlier. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

If instead of playing down what he knew, the President had acted decisively in early February with a strict shutdown and a consistent message to wear masks, social distance and wash hands, experts believe that thousands of American lives could have been saved.

The startling revelations in "Rage," which CNN obtained ahead of its September 15 release, were made during 18 wide-ranging interviews the President gave Woodward from December 5, 2019 to July 21, 2020. The interviews were recorded by Woodward with the President's permission, and CNN has obtained copies of some of the audio tapes.

"Rage" also includes brutal assessments of the President's presidency from many of his former top national security officials, including former Defense Secretary James Mattis, former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mattis is quoted as calling the President "dangerous" and "unfit" to be commander in chief. Woodward writes that Coats "continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on the President." Woodward continues, writing that Coats felt, "How else to explain the president's behavior? Coats could see no other explanation."

The book also contains harsh evaluations of the President's leadership on the virus from current officials.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration's top infectious disease expert, is quoted telling others the President's leadership was "rudderless" and that his "attention span is like a minus number."

"His sole purpose is to get reelected," Fauci told an associate, according to Woodward.

'The virus has nothing to do with me'


Woodward reveals new details on the early warnings The President received -- and often ignored.

In a January 28 top secret intelligence briefing, national security adviser Robert O'Brien gave The President a "jarring" warning about the virus, telling the President it would be the "biggest national security threat" of his presidency. The President's head "popped up," Woodward writes.

O'Brien's deputy, Matt Pottinger, concurred, telling the President it could be as bad as the influenza pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans. Pottinger warned the President that asymptomatic spread was occurring in China: He had been told 50% of those infected showed no symptoms.

At that time, there were fewer than a dozen reported coronavirus cases in the US.

Three days later, the President announced restrictions on travel from China, a move suggested by his national security team -- despite the President's later claims that he alone backed the travel limitations.

Nevertheless, the President continued to publicly downplay the danger of the virus. February was a lost month. Woodward views this as a damning missed opportunity for the President to reset "the leadership clock" after he was told this was a "once-in-a-lifetime health emergency."

"Presidents are the executive branch. There was a duty to warn. To listen, to plan, and to take care," Woodward writes. But in the days following the January 28 briefing, the President used high-profile appearances to minimize the threat and, Woodward writes, "to reassure the public they faced little risk."

During a pre-Super Bowl interview on Fox News February 2, the President said, "We pretty much shut it down coming in from China." Two days later during his State of the Union address, the President made only a passing reference to the virus, promising, "my administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat."

Asked by Woodward in May if he remembered O'Brien's January 28 warning that the virus would be the biggest national security threat of his presidency, the President equivocated. "No, I don't." The President said. "I'm sure if he said it — you know, I'm sure he said it. Nice guy."

The book highlights how the President took all of the credit and none of the responsibility for his actions related to the pandemic, which has infected 6 million Americans and killed more than 185,000 in the US.

"The virus has nothing to do with me," The President told Woodward in their final interview in July. "It's not my fault. It's — China let the damn virus out."

'It goes through the air'


When Woodward spoke to the President on February 7, two days after he was acquitted on impeachment charges by the Senate, Woodward expected a lengthy conversation about the trial. He was surprised, however, by the President's focus on the virus. At the same time that The President and his public health officials were saying the virus was "low risk," The President divulged to Woodward that the night before he'd spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the virus. Woodward quotes The President as saying, "We've got a little bit of an interesting setback with the virus going in China."

"It goes through the air," the President said. "That's always tougher than the touch. You don't have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus."

But the President spent most of the next month saying that the virus was "very much under control" and that cases in the US would "disappear." The President said on his trip to India on February 25 that it was "a problem that's going to go away," and the next day he predicted the number of US cases "within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero."

By March 19, when the President told Woodward he was purposely downplaying the dangers to avoid creating a panic, he also acknowledged the threat to young people. "Just today and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It's not just old, older. Young people too, plenty of young people," the President said.

Publicly, however, the President has continued to insist just the opposite, saying as recently as August 5 that children were "almost immune."

Even into April, when the US became the country with the most confirmed cases in the world, the President's public statements contradicted his acknowledgements to Woodward. At an April 3 coronavirus task force briefing, the President was still downplaying the virus and stating that it would go away. "I said it's going away and it is going away," he said. Yet two days later on April 5, the President again told Woodward, "It's a horrible thing. It's unbelievable," and on April 13, he said, "It's so easily transmissible, you wouldn't even believe it."

'Dangerous' and 'unfit'


Woodward, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, conducted hundreds of hours of confidential background interviews with first hand witnesses for "Rage," and he obtained "notes, emails, diaries, calendars and confidential documents," including more than two dozen letters the President exchanged with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Woodward is known to record his interviews with the permission of his subjects and sources.

He writes that when he attributes exact quotations, thoughts or conclusions, that information comes either from the person, a colleague with direct knowledge or documents.

The President's conscious downplaying of the coronavirus is one of numerous revelations in "Rage." The book is filled with anecdotes about top cabinet officials blindsided by tweets, frustrated with the President's inability to focus and scared about his next policy directive because he refused to accept facts or listen to experts:


-- Mattis is quoted as saying the President is "dangerous," "unfit," has "no moral compass" and took foreign policy actions that showed adversaries "how to destroy America." After Mattis left the administration, he and Coats discussed whether they needed to take "collective action" to speak out publicly against the President. Mattis says he ultimately resigned after the President announced he was withdrawing US troops from Syria, "when I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid."

-- Woodward writes that Coats and his top staff members "examined the intelligence as carefully as possible," and that Coats still questions the relationship between the President and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Coats saw how extraordinary it was for the president's top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president's relationship with Putin. But he could not shake them."

-- The President has come under fire in recent days for reportedly making disparaging remarks about US military personnel and veterans. Woodward's book includes an anecdote where an aide to Mattis heard the President say in a meeting, "my f---ing generals are a bunch of pussies" because they cared more about alliances than trade deals. Mattis asked the aide to document the comment in an email to him. And the President himself criticized military officials to Woodward over their view that alliances with NATO and South Korea are the best bargain the US makes. "I wouldn't say they were stupid, because I would never say that about our military people," the President said. "But if they said that, they -- whoever said that was stupid. It's a horrible bargain ... they make so much money. Costs us $10 billion. We're suckers."

-- Woodward reports that the President's national security team expressed concerns the US may have come close to nuclear war with North Korea amid provocations in 2017. "We never knew whether it was real," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is quoted as saying, "or whether it was a bluff." But it was so serious that Mattis slept in his clothes to be ready in case there was a North Korean launch and repeatedly went to the Washington National Cathedral to pray.

-- The President boasted to Woodward about a new secret weapons system. "I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody's ever had in this country before," the President said. Woodward says other sources confirmed the information, without providing further details, but expressed surprise that Trump disclosed it.

-- Woodward obtained the 27 "love letters" fhe President exchanged with Kim Jong Un, 25 of which have not been reported publicly. The letters, filled with flowery language, provide a fascinating window into their relationship. Kim flatters the President by repeatedly calling him "Your Excellency," and writes in one letter that meeting again would be "reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film." In another, Kim writes that the "deep and special friendship between us will work as a magical force." CNN has obtained the transcripts of two of the letters.

-- The President's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner also weighs in with some unusual literary insights about his father-in-law. Kushner is quoted as saying that four texts are key to understanding the President, including "Alice in Wonderland." Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat: "If you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there."

-- Woodward pressed the President on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's role in the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Once again, the President dismissed the US intelligence assessment and defends bin Salman: "He says very strongly that he didn't do it."

-- The President insulted his predecessors, saying Woodward made former President George W. Bush "look like a stupid moron, which he was." The President said of former President Barack Obama: "I don't think Obama's smart ... I think he's highly overrated. And I don't think he's a great speaker." He also tells Woodward that Kim Jong Un thought Obama was an "asshole."

-- Woodward discussed the Black Lives Matter protests and suggested to the President that people like the two of them -- "White, privileged" -- need to work to understand the anger and pain that Black people feel in the US. "You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Just listen to you," the President responded, repeating his outrageous talking point that he's done more for the Black community than any president besides Abraham Lincoln.

-- Woodward reports new details on Russia's election meddling, writing that the NSA and CIA have classified evidence the Russians had placed malware in the election registration systems of at least two Florida counties, St. Lucie and Washington. While there was no evidence the malware had been activated, Woodward writes, it was sophisticated and could erase voters in specific districts. The voting system vendor used by Florida was also used in states across the country.

'Dynamite behind the door'


"Rage" is a follow-up to Woodward's 2018 bestselling book "Fear," which portrayed a chaotic White House in which aides hid papers from Trump to protect the country from what they viewed as his most dangerous impulses.

While the President slammed "Fear," he also complained that he didn't speak to Woodward for the book, which resulted in his agreeing to extensive interviews for "Rage."

However, on August 14, the President preemptively attacked Woodward's new book, tweeting, "The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, just as many of the others have been."

    Throughout the book, the President provides insights into his view of the presidency. He tells Woodward when you're running the country, "There's dynamite behind every door."

    After his 18 interviews, Woodward issues a stark verdict: The President is the "dynamite behind the door." Woodward concludes his book with a declaration that "this President is the wrong man for the job."


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