WASHINGTON, United States (CNN) – US President Donald Trump said he had not seen the notes of his commercial adviser Peter Navarro, which he wrote last January, in which he had warned him of the dangers of the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19) even before “One or two days.”
“I haven’t seen it (notes), I have not looked for it either,” Trump told the White House briefing conference on the Corona virus.
Trump’s statements come as the United States currently has high rates of injuries and deaths. According to the latest statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, there are at least 386 thousand cases of corona virus in the United States, while more than 12 thousand people died.
A source familiar with the notes confirmed to CNN that Trump’s adviser wrote an internal memo in January warning that a coronavirus could become a “pandemic” and risking billions of dollars in economic losses and the health of millions.
Jim Acosta and Jeremy Diamond of CNN got one of the notes addressed to Trump.
When asked why he initially reduced the size of the Coruna virus – specifically his claim that the cases would decrease – Trump told reporters: “I’m not going to go out and start screaming, this can happen … I am a fan of this country. I don’t want to cause destruction and shock. “.
Trump claimed that although he had not seen the notes at the time, he reached the same conclusions as Navarro in January, citing his decision to stop traveling from China.
Trump added: “I acted alone … I think I have the same instincts that Peter has, stressing that” of course “he maintains confidence in Navarro.