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The President has even gone so far as to praise China's leader Friday morning in a tweet. This seems to conflict with reports that Washington is especially frustrated with Beijing over the crisis. For the last month, the CDC has been offering to send a team of experts to help China combat the outbreak but the Chinese have refused to accept the help. The President's tweet can be seen below;
Donald J. Trump
Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but.he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone. Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!...
5:31 AM · Feb 7, 2020Twitter for iPhone
The timing of much of the news being tossed out is becoming very suspicious. This came as many people familiar with what is happening in Asia continue to question whether China is being transparent in telling the world what is happening. Cruise ships across the world are being turned away from ports because they may be carrying infected passengers or crews. The Diamond Princess cruise ship which is anchored in Yokohama, Japan and is under quarantine has now discovered 42 additional cases of coronavirus adding to the 20 confirmed earlier. Airlines have canceled all flights to and from many areas.
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The number of confirmed deaths in China from the coronavirus has surpassed 724 and it is reported the doctor who was punished by the police for first reporting the dangerous virus back in December has died from it. In China, the quarantine has expanded to Guangzhou. This means 400 million now under lock-down. This is something the world has never seen, also it means that thousands of factories in China will be shuttered until at least mid-February. On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to reassure investors that the outbreak wouldn't seriously disrupt the supply chains of western companies. The lack of parts flowing out of China is starting to cause serious supply-chain disruptions halting production at plants here in America and across the world.
In a full-court-press, even National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, has been out spouting off about how well the economy is doing and promoting a new tax cut for the middle class. This brings front and center the issue that Trump is not an economist and his economy is being propelled forward from a policy of deficit spending. We must not confuse economic growth with economic strength but that is a subject for another time.
Circling back to the crux of this article, why are we not hearing a great deal more about the coronavirus on the mainstream media? Part of the problem is that governments may be covering up how bad the coronavirus outbreak is and the strong possibility it may have been manufactured in a lab as a weapon. Is it a mere coincidence it was first discovered in the same city where China has its only BSL-4 laboratory?