DeborahR: Why would someone listen to anyone from this administration concerning this virus? They've denied, lied, and pivoted about the virus. Jan. 20-President Donald Trump received his first major briefing on the virus from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Jan. 22-Asked if his administration was worried about a coronavirus pandemic, Trump says, “No, we’re not at all. And we have it totally under control. Jan. 24-Trump tweets: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. Jan. 28-Trump holds a rally in New Jersey. He does not mention the coronavirus. Jan. 29-Trump announces a coronavirus task force, headed by Azar. Jan. 30-WHO declares the coronavirus a “public health emergency of international concern.” • At an event in Michigan, Trump says, “We’re working very strongly with China on the coronavirus—that’s a new thing that a lot of people are talking about….We think it’s going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you.” Feb. 1-Trump golfs at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Florida. Feb. 7-Asked if he thinks China is covering up the coronavirus, Trump says, “No. China is working very hard….They’re working really hard, and I think they are doing a very professional job. Feb. 10-At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump says, “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” Feb. 11-Trump holds a rally in El Paso. He does not mention the coronavirus. Feb. 13-Trump tells Geraldo Rivera, “It’s a problem in China. Has not been spreading very much. In our country, we only have, basically, 12 cases and most of those people are recovering and some cases fully recovered. So it’s actually less.” Feb. 14-Trump says, “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.” Feb. 15-Trump golfs at Trump International. Feb. 19-In an interview, Trump says, “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.” • Trump holds a rally in Phoenix. He does not mention the coronavirus. Feb. 20-Trump holds a rally in Colorado Springs. He does not mention the coronavirus. Feb. 21-Trump holds a rally in Las Vegas. He does not mention the coronavirus. Feb. 23-Trump tells reporters, “We have it very much under control in this country.” Feb. 24-Trump tweets, “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health [Organization] have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” Feb. 25-The stock market dips after Nancy Messonier, the director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says the CDC is preparing for a pandemic. According to the Wall Street Journal. Feb. 26-Trump puts Vice President Mike Pence in charge of coordinating the White House’s coronavirus response. • At a press briefing, Trump says, “We’re testing everybody that we need to test. And we’re finding very little problem.…It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. He says the number of cases “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” Feb. 28-At a rally in Charleston, South Carolina, Trump notes that there have been no reported deaths in the United States yet. “You wonder if the press is in hysteria mode,” he says. “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” he continues. “You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it….And this is their new hoax.” Mar. 2-Trump presses pharmaceutical CEOs to say a vaccine will be ready in a matter of months. Dr. Fauci corrects him: “a year to a year and a half, no matter how fast you go.” • At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, that evening, Trump says drug companies are “going to have vaccines I think relatively soon. Mar. 4-Trump tells Sean Hannity, “a lot of people will have this, and it’s very mild. They will get better very rapidly.” He continues, “So, 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….It’s not that severe.” Mar. 5-Trump tweets, “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work. This is just more Fake News and disinformation put out by the Democrats.” • Pence tells reporters, “We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward.” Mar. 6-During a visit to the CDC, Trump says, “Anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful.