Trump was “furious” that 14 Americans infected with coronavirus stepped back from Japan to the US without his permission and the official admits that it was a “big mistake”
- President Trump is furious that contaminated evacuees have flown back to the US
- Decisions were made immediately after the last minute infections were confirmed
- The US evacuated 328 passengers from the coronavirus cruise ship in Japan last week
- But infected cases would stay locally in Japan for treatment
- State Department rejected CDC and decided to return the 14 anyway
- Trump is said to have destroyed assistants because they had not told him, because he did not agree
President Donald Trump is reportedly furious after underlings at the State Department decided to fly 14 Diamond Princess passengers who tested positive for corona virus back to the US without telling him, and against his wishes.
Trump had been told last Saturday that, according to the Washington Post, only evacuees that had no symptoms or positive test results would be admitted to Japan on charter aircraft from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Local officials realized late in the evacuation process, at Tokyo airport, that 14 of the approximately 350 evacuees had tested positive for the virus.
Subordinates of the State Department took the quick decision to admit the infected civilians on the flights, but separated themselves from other passengers in portable bio-containment units that were already on the plane, in case passengers exhibited symptoms during the flight.
Underlings from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the quick decision to admit them to the flights, but separated from the other passengers within bio-containment units (seen in the background)
Trump heard only after the fact of the decision and was angry that he was not consulted first and complained that the decision could harm the way his response was handled by the administration, administrative officials told the Post.
Some members of the coronavirus task force were not told in advance that the infected people would be placed on the aircraft and only found out after the aircraft was on its way to the US.
A senior White House official said that not informing Trump in advance was a “major operational error.”
All Diamond Princess passengers who have returned to the US currently have a mandatory 14-day quarantine at military bases in California and Texas.
On Friday, the CDC said that 28 American residents of the Diamond Princess cruise ship have now been brought home who have tested positive for the virus.
The bio-containment units that were already on the plane, in case passengers showed symptoms during the flight from Tokyo to the US.
Those who tested positive for coronavirus receive medical care in top-class medical isolation units.
The subordinate Ministry of Foreign Affairs countered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by deciding that the infected civilians could return to the US on evacuation flights.
Sources involved in the decision told the Washington Post that CDC strongly warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs against the transport of infected and uninfected people side by side, but were eventually ignored.
“It was like the worst nightmare,” said a senior American official involved in the decision, who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity.
“Honestly, the alternative could have pulled grandma out in the pouring rain, and that would have been bad.”
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