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Weaponizing the coronavirus: Why US politicians & media suddenly care (hint: it’s about getting Trump)

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While over 2,000 people have died from the COVID-19 novel coronavirus – almost all in China so far – and the contagion has spread to Europe and the Middle East in recent days, there has been no spike in the number of US cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 59 Americans have tested positive for the bug – most of them among those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, and the rest with some connection to the contagion’s epicenter in Wuhan.

Yet the newest talking points, pushed by Democrats and media NeverTrumpers alike, would have Americans believe that the virus is not contained, that Trump has gutted the government’s ability to respond to it, and his administration doesn’t know what it’s doing.

President Trump: It was incompetent and dangerous that: You reduced our ability to prevent epidemics.You proposed cuts to CDC funding.You just trusted other governments (like China) to handle this.You can spin this any way you want, but it's incompetence. https://t.co/ThkZh3v04d

The Coronavirus is not contained. It will not fade in the spring. Trump cut CDC by........

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