I’m all-in on the effort to make sure the world understands what a garbage Beijing mouthpiece the WHO is. Trump is right to want to defund them for their complicity in China’s early cover-up of the extent of the plague. That helped lull western governments like ours into a deadly sense of complacency about the threat.
But we can’t blame them for everything. We have our own people who specialize in intelligence about global health. And according to ABC, those people were setting off sirens as far back as late November that something was happening in Wuhan that could be “cataclysmic,” in the words of one source. Reportedly there were wire intercepts, computer intercepts, and satellite photos suggesting a widening contagion in the region, all gathered weeks before Chinese Dr. Li Wenliang famously began warning people around December 30 about a deadly new disease in Wuhan.
What were U.S. officials doing with that information between late November and late January, when Trump finally ordered a partial ban on travel from China?