Bossert: Suggesting COVID Is Not Dangerous Is a Dangerous Message

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2020 | 10:02am EDT
US Homeland security advisor Tom Bossert speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on September 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US Homeland security advisor Tom Bossert speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on September 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday that President Donald Trump suggesting that the coronavirus isn’t dangerous by saying that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless” is “a dangerous message.”

Bossert said that he completely agrees that the Food and Drug administration is going to do everything it can for a safe vaccine for the virus. He pointed out that FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn ducked ABC’s Martha Raddatz’s question on the president’s assertion.


“He ducked the question. It is absolutely irrefutable. I thought your question was spot-on, and I think the answer is obvious, this is not harmless. This virus -- in fact, for anything to happen at this stage, whether it’d be a mild form of mitigation or a suppression level strategy, which we’re from, the country has to know that this is a dangerous virus,” Bossert said.

“We have to start at the basics and level with people. Suggesting that it's not dangerous is in itself a dangerous message,” he said.

“What is different about this spike than the ones or more worrisome than the ones we saw in New York and New Jersey?” Raddatz asked.

Bossert said that the United States is “adding a Wuhan a day” to the worldwide coronavirus cases.

“The numbers, just the sheer numbers. What we saw in February and March in the Northeast was among and between a population of 39 million people. When you add Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and the populations together, you end up with about 39 million,” Bossert said.

“We're talking about 90 million in just three of the states we have covered this morning, Florida, Texas, and Arizona. Add an additional 40 million, 39 and change, if you add California,” he said.

“Martha, here's the perspective. We are now, as a country, adding a Wuhan a day to the case totals of this world. Wuhan collectively, cumulatively, had as many cases in its entire history as this country posted on Wednesday, in one day last week, and in the next week or two, we will get to a level where we add a new China a day,” Bossert said.

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