Trump Derailed UK Coronavirus Planning With Demand It Join U.S. In Bombing Middle East

The United Kingdom has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls per capita in the world, in part because of its slow, anemic response to the pandemic. On Wednesday a former top advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson told members of the U.K. parliament that twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump bears some of that responsibility.

Dominic Cummings said that a key meeting of ministers and aides to Johnson that was planned for March 12 last year had to be delayed after a host of “national security people” descended on 10 Downing Street and announced that “Trump wants us to join a bombing campaign in the Middle East tonight.”

Cummings made the disclosure during testimony before the Science and Technology Committee, which is looking into the U.K.’s coronavirus response. The former Johnson advisor said that the prime minister had scheduled a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee, known as COBRA, to discuss potential strategies and tactics for trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Cummings said: “So everything to do with COBRA that day on COVID was completely disrupted because you had these two parallel sets of meetings. You had the national-security people running in and out, talking about, are we going to bomb the Middle East? And we had the COVID meeting being delayed, trying to figure out, are we going to do household quarantine?”

Cummings said Trump on March 12 wanted the UK to join a bombing campaign in Iraq, but the U.K. government declined to participate. The Pentagon on March 12 confirmed that the U.S. carried out airstrikes on weapons facilities run by an Iranian-backed militia after a rocket attack killed two U.S. soldiers and one British soldier near Baghdad.

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