Book claims that Trump suggested sending covid patients to Guantanamo – Americas



The authors, Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, wrote that Trump suggested the idea twice in February last year, when the World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet declared the covid-19 pandemic and known cases of the new SARS coronavirus -CoV-2 were concentrated in the Asian continent.

“Do we not own an island? Why not Guantanamo? We import goods, we are not going to import a virus,” said the former president, during a meeting in the White House crisis room, with advisers and officials.

The two Post journalists recreated the situation in the new book from interviews with more than 180 people, some of them US government officials and health officials.

According to the book, the rest of the people in the room reacted with amazement to Trump’s idea, “concerned about the effect it would have on quarantining American tourists in the same Caribbean base where the country holds terror suspects.”

The book, entitled “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to a Pandemic That Changed History” reported with this episode , “chaotic and often coarse” decision-making processes in the White House, fraught with “power struggles.”

The Washington Post was one of the major American newspapers that most criticized Trump during his tenure and especially for managing the pandemic.

Currently, the naval base at Guantanamo (Cuba) holds only 40 of the nearly 800 inmates it has received since the opening in 2002, decided by former US President George W. Bush, in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001.

The United States is the country in the world with the most deaths (602,086) and cases of covid-19 (33,553,967).

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 3,868,393 deaths in the world, resulting from more than 178.4 million cases of infection, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.


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