The most bitterly hostile opponent of President Donald J. Trump lured Americans to Chinatown in SanFrancisco on Feb 24th, 4 days before the first Corona death in California, knowing that at least 15 people in the country had been infected with the Coronavirus.
” We want more people to come to this area and shop and eat. That’s what we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here. Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation.” said Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), in an interview on Feb 24th.
NBC News reported in February, “Pelosi toured San Francisco’s Chinatown Monday to send a message. She said there’s no reason tourists or locals should be staying away from the area because of coronavirus concerns.”
Knowing that Chinatown would be a place of increased risk, Veronica Vien, a public information officer with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. “Bay Area residents remain at low risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 unless they have recently traveled to mainland China or have come in close contact with someone who was sick and was recently there.”
Trump was asked about Pelosi’s behavior on Wednesday and he said Pelosi’s support of Chinatown was her way of showing that the coronavirus didn’t exist.
“She wanted to show that this thing doesn’t exist,” Trump said. “We have some politicians on the other side that don’t know what they’re doing.”
Pelosi’s interview got a lot of support from the media:
At the time of her visit, there were 15 known cases of the deadly virus in the United States. Pelosi urged Americans to shop and dine and visit the area in her district known for Chinese tourism, in what appears to be a resistance of Trump’s concerns.
On February 24 there were 15 cases of the coronavirus confirmed in the U.S.
Nancy Pelosi went to Chinatown & urged Americans to shop & eat there.
"Everything is fine," she said. "All is well."
"Come to Chinatown… We just want everybody not to be afraid to come to Chinatown." pic.twitter.com/SI9EELciYx
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 15, 2020
At the same time Pelosi was promoting Chinatown, Trump had taken the following actions to protect Americans (according to DonaldJtrump.com) :
December 31: China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.
January 3: CDC Director Robert Redfield sent an email to the director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus.
January 5: CDC Director Redfield sent another email to the Chinese CDC Director, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak,
January 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.
January 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
January 11: The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.
January 17: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.
January 20: Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.
January 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.
January 27: President Trump tweeted that he made an offer to President Xi Jinping to send experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.
January 27: The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.
January 27: The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
January 29: The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
January 31: The Trump Administration:
- Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
- Announced Chinese travel restrictions.
- Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
January 31: The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.
February 3: The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus, but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.
February 2: The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.
February 4: President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
February 5: The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response efforts.
February 6: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.
February 7: President Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus.
February 9: The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.
February 11: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.
February 12: The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
February 12: The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.
February 14: The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.
February 18: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.
February 22: A WHO team of international experts arrives in Wuhan, China.
February 24: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Pelosi advocated for the area and business in her district with a special visit that day leaving this tweet up, while removing the interview footage of her luring people into the area.
It was a pleasure to try my hand at making fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (with a little guidance from owner Kevin Chan, of course).
The message inside?
“United We Stand.” pic.twitter.com/3piGq4yKXq
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 25, 2020
Pelosi, as seen in the Tweet below, deleted this footage from her timeline, however, the footage is easily found online in other places.
“You should come to Chinatown, precautions have been taken by our city. We hope others will come,” she said.
What a tool!
Sorry Nancy – the Internet is forever!!
— ATX Patriot (@ATX_PATRIOT) April 16, 2020
So, What did Pelosi know and when did she know it?
“Deal with it. Come to Chinatown, here we are. We are careful, safe and come join us,” Pelosi said.
Nancy how safe is going to china town https://t.co/apPxePDA9M
— helen (@helen72747921) April 16, 2020