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As the coronavirus was gearing up in the U.S., President Donald Trump stopped by the Centers for Disease Control site in Atlanta, Georgia to tour the facility and talk to the press. He told the public that "anyone who needs a test will get a test", but behind the scenes, his administration was working against accessible testing, in fear that it would "frighten the DOW Jones" reports the Financial Times.

  • A Trump confidant who allegedly speaks to the president frequently said that “Jared [Kushner] had been arguing that testing too many people, or ordering too many ventilators, would spook the markets and so we just shouldn’t do it,” and that "[Kushner's] advice worked far more powerfully on [Trump] than what the scientists were saying. He thinks they always exaggerate.”
  • In March, before the pandemic, the market was looking great. Unemployment was down to record lows and the market looked strong.
  • “The economy was just steaming along, the stock market was firing on all cylinders and that jobs report was fantastic,” said Stephen Moore, of the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation, “It was almost too perfect. Nobody expected this virus. It hit us like a meteor or a terrorist attack.”
  • Steps to prepare for the pandemic were "discouraged" in favor of keeping the market strong.

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