A fake news story pushed forward by ABC, meant to smear President Trump has prompted the Pentagon to rise to the occasion with a very rare public statement of denial.
A report that claimed the Pentagon sent a warning to the White House about a coronavirus pandemic as far back as November, has been publicly revoked by the Pentagon.
ABC News reported a claim there were “concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report.” ABC News cites, “two officials familiar with the document’s contents” as the source of this explosive allegation, reported NewsThud.
Hi @RepAdamSchiff – if true, when did you become aware of NCMI report?
“The NCMI report was made available widely to people authorized to access intelligence community alerts”
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) April 8, 2020
Liberal media took to the fake story like a dog takes to a bone, Bill Kristol wrote, “From that warning in November, the sources described repeated briefings through December. … All of that culminated with a detailed explanation of the problem that appeared in the President’s Daily Brief of intelligence matters in early January …”
Joe Scarborough, co-host on “Morning Joe” also wrote on Twitter, “The White House was warned repeatedly in November & December 2019 that the US military’s National Center for Medical Intelligence concluded the outbreak in China could be a “cataclysmic event.”…”I would view it as something that surprised the whole world.” ~Trump, 3/19/20.
On Wednesday, April 8, the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) refuted the claim, saying there is no such report in existence.
The ABC News report, based on four anonymous sources, claimed that the 2019 intelligence report “was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images.”
“It raised alarms because an out-of-control disease would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia—forces that depend on the NCMI’s work. And it paints a picture of an American government that could have ramped up mitigation and containment efforts far earlier to prepare for a crisis poised to come home,” ABC News reported.
“As a matter of practice, the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters,” Col. R. Shane Day, director of the NCMI, said in an extraordinary statement. “However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct,” Day added.
“No such NCMI product exists,” the statement concluded.
ABC News cited two “sources” today saying that Trump had received an intel briefing in November 2019 warning of an impending #coronavirus pandemic.
Now, their “sources” have been debunked.
Journalists need to care about getting the facts more than they care about getting Trump. https://t.co/Pc3Sv08ycB
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) April 9, 2020