A Timeline of Trump’s COVID-19 Response: Part 1

A timeline of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and how Trump completely botched the response.

Malcolm Johnson
188 min readApr 6, 2020


So here is a timeline of what’s happened to us, starting in 2013 and on to the end of March of 2020. April of 2020 continues in Part 2. All the links to the stories are underlined and will be updated frequently.

All times are Pacific since that’s where I am.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to DM or tweet at me at @admiralmpj.


2014: Trump comments on twitter about Obama’s handling of the Ebola “crisis” (which resulted in 2 deaths):


You were warned.

2017: The Trump Administration is briefed on Pandemic Preparedness:

Trump administration officials are briefed on an intelligence document titled “Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.” That’s right. The administration literally had an actual playbook for what to do in the early stages of a pandemic. Among the playbook’s protocols:

  • Begin early procurement of PPE materials for healthcare workers as soon as the threat is identified.
  • Concentrate on “early diagnostic capacity” — which is government-speak for…