While the media plays politics to try and use the coronavirus crisis to harm President Trump, one social media hero posted a great timeline of everything the president has done since the beginning of the crisis.
It’s something that sheds light on the incredible job the president and his team have done. It also pushes back on the constant drumbeat of the media narrative that the president didn’t act soon enough to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Dec. 31: China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.
Jan 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China.
Jan. 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
Jan. 11: The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.
Jan. 14: WHO said there is no human to human transmission of the coronavirus:
Jan. 17: CDC implemented public health entry screening at 3 U.S. airports that received most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, & Los Angeles.
Jan. 20: Dr. Fauci announced: National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine.
Jan. 21: The CDC activated emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.
Jan. 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.
Jan. 27: The CDC issued Level 3 travel health notice: Americans avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.
Jan. 29: The White House announced the Coronavirus Task Force to monitor & contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
Jan. 30: The State Department has just issued a Level 4 warning ‘Do Not Travel’ to China due to the spreading coronavirus.
Level 4 is the highest warning for the State Department to issue.
“Those currently in China should consider departing using commercial means. The Department of State has requested that all non-essential U.S. government personnel defer travel to China in light of the novel coronavirus,”
The full advisory from the State Department:
Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.
Trump Administration: Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
Chinese travel restrictions.
Suspended entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
Jan. 31: Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.
Feb. 3: CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on coronavirus-awaiting permission to enter.
Feb. 4: President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
February 6: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.
Feb. 9: Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation: National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.
Feb. 11: Department of HHS expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.
Feb. 12: U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
Feb. 12: The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.
Feb. 14: CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.
Feb. 18: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine & a treatment.
Feb. 24: Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat spread of coronavirus.
Feb. 26: President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts w/PM Modi & updated press on his Administration’s containment efforts in U.S.
Feb. 29: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.
February 29: The Trump Administration:
Announced level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy & South Korea.
Barred all travel to Iran.
Barred the entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days.
March 3: White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight coronavirus.
March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of $500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.
March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.
March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.
March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.
March 11: President Trump:
Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who visited Europe last 14 days.
Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion.
March 11: Directed Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses, & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
Met with American bankers at White House to discuss coronavirus.
March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.
March 13: President Trump announced:
Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
A pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
March 13: The Food & Drug Administration:
Granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits.
Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.
March 13: HHS announced funding for development of 2 rapid diagnostic tests (detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour).
March 14: Coronavirus Relief Bill passed House of Reps.
March 14: Trump Administration announced the European travel ban extended to UK & Ireland.
March 15: President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.
March 15: HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week.
March 15: Google announced partnership w/Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.
March 15: 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.
March 16: President Trump: Held teleconference w/ governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness & response.
Participated: call w/G7 leaders committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus & restoring global economic confidence.
March 16: Trump Administration announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time.
Announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.
March 16: FDA announced: empowering states to authorize tests developed & used by labs in their states.
March 16: Asst. Sec. for Health confirmed availability of 1 million coronavirus tests, and projected 2 million tests available the next week & 5 million the following.
March 17: President Trump announced: CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
Relevant Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced.
Army Corps of Engineers is on ”standby” to assist federal & state governments.
March 17: President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s & Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC
March 17: President Trump met with tourism industry representatives, industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.
March 17: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.
March 17: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
March 17: The Treasury Department: Contributed $10bil through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility.
Deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1mil for individuals & $10mil for business.
March 17: The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.
March 18: President Trump announced:
Temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border/non-essential traffic.
Plans to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus.
FEMA activated in every region at the highest level.
President Trump Announced:
The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
All foreclosures and evictions will be suspended for a period of time.
March 18: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed:
1 million masks are now immediately available.
The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.
March 18: HHS temporarily suspended regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.
President Trump spoke to: Doctors, physicians, & nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus & 130 CEOs to discuss on-going public-private partnerships.
March 18: President Trump announced:
Federal provision that allows the government to marshal the private sector in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 19: President Trump announced:
Very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus.
Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients.
March 19: VP Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.
The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
March 19: President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.
The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.
Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
March 20: President Trump:
Spoke w/Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures
Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts
Announced CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders.
March 20: The Department of Education announced it will:
Not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year
Allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days
March 20: Secretary Azar announced:
FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country
The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act
March 20: Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs
March 21: Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results
March 21: Trump Administration: HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks thru FEMA
FDA announced emergency approval new coronavirus test delivers results in hours.
Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits into commercial market (March 2-March 14)
March 22: President Trump approved major disaster declarations for: Washington State & CA.
Gov. in command of National Guard & federal govt to fund 100% of OPS cost & directed federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations-2,000 beds CA, 1,000 beds for NY & WA.
March 22: President Trump confirmed administration was working w/Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries.
V.P. Pence announced:
Testing backlog resolved by midweek.
254,000+ Americans have been tested for coronavirus & received results.
March 22: President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.
FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.
March 23: President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies.
March 23: VP Pence announced:
313,000 Americans were tested for coronavirus & received results.
FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force so Americans get supplies they need.
HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients.
March 23: White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to:
Advance coronavirus research.
Provide access to computing technology & resources for researchers.
March 23: Attorney General Barr announced:
The Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging.
Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosectuor to prevent hoarding.
March 23: President Trump announced HHS is working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of items.
The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.
March 24: President Trump announced Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing 4 hospitals and 4 medical centers in New York.
March 24: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 24: VP Pence:
Confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators.
Announced anyone who have recently been in NY self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 24: Dr. Birx announced U.S. has conducted more coronavirus tests in the last week than South Korea has over 8 weeks.
March 24: U.S. Army issued orders for 3 army hospitals deploy health care professionals to NY & WA, at direction of Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.
March 25: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for: TX, FL, & NC
March 25: President Trump & VP Pence held a conference call w/140 non-profit organization leaders, incl: Salvation Army & Red Cross, to discuss coronavirus response efforts.