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Trump wanted to send COVID infected Americans to Gitmo: new book

Trump wanted to send COVID infected Americans to Gitmo: new book

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The Washington Post has revealed that, early in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump proposed sending Americans infected with the deadly virus to the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that has been used to house terrorist suspects since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The news comes from a new book by two reporters at the newspaper, Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, which details some of the early conversations at the Trump White House surrounding how to handle American citizens overseas who had been infected with the coronavirus and whether they should be allowed to be brought back stateside for treatment or not.

“In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as White House officials debated whether to bring infected Americans home for care, President Donald Trump suggested his own plan for where to send them, eager to suppress the numbers on U.S. soil,” the book’s authours state.

“Don’t we have an island that we own? What about Guantánamo? We import goods. We are not going to import a virus,” it quotes Donald Trump as having questioned his aides.

According to the report, the former president’s staff were “stunned” by his idea and the suggestion was soon shelved.

While callousness on the part of Donald Trump in regard to COVID victims doesn’t seem particularly out of character for a man who later suggested quack treatments like hydroxychloroquine or intravenous ultra-violet light and disinfectants like bleach as “cures” for the coronavirus, the news of his suggestion of quarantining infected citizens in a place akin to a Devil’s Island-type leper colony sparked outrage on social media.

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Trump’s deranged mindset and utter disregard for anyone other than himself are perfectly displayed by the account that the authors of Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History have written.

In addition to the anecdote about Guantanamo, the book also includes several other frightening tales of dysfunction in the Trump administration during the height of the pandemic.

Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History will be available from all major booksellers as of June 29th and excerpts from the book are currently available in articles in The Washington Post.

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