Federal Government Ordered 100k Body Bags As Trump Downplayed COVID-19 Deaths
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, President Donald Trump continues to understate the risks and harms — but his administration knows how deadly the virus can prove, and is buying up body bags. In fact, as the federal government purchased 100 thousand body bags, Trump continued telling the nation that the crisis is coming to an end and contradicting his own experts about a fall resurgence.
On April 10, Trump declared that U.S. deaths would be fewer than previous estimates of more than 100k. A White House transcript shows Trump comparing the numbers, and assuring that deaths will be ‘substantially’ fewer.
So, nobody knows what the number is, but we had a number of 100,000 lives. As many as that is, it’s impossible to even think of it. And that was the low end with a tremendous amount of work and a tremendous amount of — you can call it many different things. Our people had to be extremely strong and brave to be able to put up with what they’ve put up with. But the minimum, if you did this social distancing at every other aspect — and I think I can say 90 percent, maybe even more than that, were able to do it — the minimum number was 100,000 lives, and I think we’ll be substantially under that number.
Hard to believe that if you had 60,000 — you could never be happy, but that’s a lot fewer than we were originally told and thinking.
However, less than two weeks later, according to Politicus USA, the Department of Homeland Security placed an order for 100k body bags. Meanwhile, FEMA started the process of seeking up to 200 refrigerated trailers to rent and place in locations around the nation for storage.
This hasn’t deterred Trump from continuing to claim that the worst is over. He’s allowing federal recommendations for social distancing to expire, and on April 22, the day after the massive federal body bag order, contradicted Doctors Fauci and Redmond, telling the public that perhaps there wouldn’t even be coronavirus in the fall.
As April ends, the CDC‘s numbers show that we’ve already passed Trump’s prediction of 60k U.S. deaths — 60,057 to be exact — and over 1 million cases nationwide. Though Trump continues to minimize the outcomes of COVID19, his administration was clearly preparing for the worst.