Intelligence report in the United States of America states that: “The United States will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support.” This report was released a year before this brutal coronavirus outbreak but President Donald Trump and U.S lawmakers allegedly ignored and downplayed the report.
The report suggested that President Trump was not surprised by coronavirus outbreak but was only pretending – perhaps, reeling in the regrets of his ignorance.
It was reported that U.S intelligence agencies issued ominous signs and classified warnings in January and February this year before Covid-19 plagued the U.S this much – ignorance is bliss.
Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence and NBC News/MSNBC analyst says those served in the intelligence community knew this day was coming.
He described this doom day as: “The day when President Donald Trump’s near total disregard for intelligence professionals would eventually affect every American. Personally, I thought Trump’s willful blindness might manifest itself in a failure to heed signs of an imminent terrorist strike, military assault or state-sponsored cyberattack.
Regretfully, the ignored warnings pointed to a pandemic that has so far resulted in over 142,000 infected Americans and over 2,500 deaths.
It is the duty of America’s intelligence agencies to monitor pandemic preparedness not only because of the possibility that adversaries could weaponize a virus, but also because the impact of such a virus poses a national security threat.