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The Truth About the Charge That Trump ‘Eliminated’ White House Pandemic Office Before Coronavirus

The Truth About the Charge That Trump ‘Eliminated’ White House Pandemic Office Before Coronavirus
President Donald Trump stresses “15 days to slow the spread” during Monday’s daily briefing at the White House on the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

By Fred Lucas

A chief line of attack during the coronavirus crisis from former Obama administration officials and leading Democrats is that President Donald Trump shut down a White House office on pandemics that might have stopped COVID-19 from spreading—or at least alleviated the threat.

The attack is based on a 2018 decision by then-national security adviser John Bolton to reorganize the White House’s National Security Council.

But the top National Security Council official at the time of the change stressed that no office was closed. Read More