What a coincidence that these memos showing Navarro’s prescience about COVID-19 would mysteriously emerge a day after he was lambasted in the media for challenging Anthony Fauci over hydroxychloroquine.
We’ll likely never know which White House insider decided to share the evidence of Peter Navarro’s foresight with the press. But I have a hunch his name might rhyme with “Peter Navarro.”
The point of this leak, I take it, was to make Navarro look good at Fauci’s expense. Fauci’s been criticized by some Trumpers lately (unfairly) for having professed uncertainty about the risk to the United States in February. Navarro wants to show per his memos that he was more certain at the time and ended up being correct about the threat, in which case maybe it’s time to stop dunking on him over hydroxychloroquine and consider that he knows what he’s talking about. In reality, though, this leak hurts his boss more than it hurts Fauci. The inescapable question is why Trump didn’t take the crisis more seriously when even economic advisors like Navarro were flashing red alerts involving six-figure death tolls at him two months ago.