On Thursday, ABC published the shocking claim that the Pentagon warned Trump about the coronavirus all the way back in November, but he ignored them. But now the Pentagon has come forward to say that ABC’s story about Trump ignoring their coronavirus warnings is false.
In its report, ABC News claimed that back in November the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency issued a report with “concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic.”
ABC insisted that four anonymous sources told them that the 2019 intelligence report about the coronavirus in China “was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images.”
The network exclaimed that the report was worrying. “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,” they reported.
ABC added that the Defense Intelligence Agency, Pentagon’s Joint Staff, and the White House were briefed on these findings that maintained that the coronavirus could be “a cataclysmic event.”
Trump ignored it all, ABC exclaimed.
Evil orange man put us all in danger!
Only now the Pentagon’s National Center for Medical Intelligence took the very unusual step of directly refuting ABC’s claims and said there were never any such report. So, not only was ABC’s report wrong, it was “reporting” about a briefing that never happened about a report that was never created!
Talk about missing the mark!
Col. R. Shane Day, Director of the National Center for Medical Intelligence issued a very rare public statement saying:
As a matter of practice, the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters.
However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct.
No such NCMI product exists.
JUST IN: Director of DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence issues rare, unrequested statement regarding COVID. pic.twitter.com/tCw0GRchJ6
— W.J. Hennigan (@wjhenn) April 9, 2020
This is a serious black eye for ABC.
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