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Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned President Donald Trump and his administration last year that a pandemic could lead to serious problems if they didn’t take public health preparedness more seriously.

Brett McGurk, a Stanford lecturer, cited a document from the office of the DNI’s 2019 “Worldwide Threat Assessment,” which directly warned of a disease like the coronavirus.

“The United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, drain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support,” Coates explained in the section Human Security.

Neither Trump nor his administration took the warning seriously.

Trump fired Coats last year after reports surfaced that he had been “eager” to get rid of him.

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