In her book, Deborah Birx reports that Trump’s opinion shifted and eventually led him to lock down the US after a friend of his died in a New York hospital.
An enduring mystery for three years is how Donald Trump came to be the president who shut down American society for what turned out to be a manageable respiratory virus, setting off an unspeakable crisis with waves of destructive fallout that continue to this day.
Let’s review the timeline and offer some well-founded speculations about what happened.
On March 9, 2020, Trump was still of the opinion that the virus could be handled by normal means.
Two days later, he changed his tune. He was ready to use the full power of the federal government in a war on the virus.
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What changed? Deborah Birx reports in her book that Trump had a friend die in a New York hospital and this is what shifted his opinion. Jared Kushner reports that he simply listened to reason. Mike Pence says he was persuaded that his staff would respect him more. No question (and based on all existing reports) that he found himself surrounded by “trusted advisors” amounting to about 5 or so people (including Mike Pence and Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb)
The pile of low-interest debt that was issued during COVID lockdowns was the main reason, but what triggered the current financial crisis was the government raising interest rates suddenly.
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