CLOSE An epidemiologist answers the biggest questions she’s getting about coronavirus. WochitWASHINGTON—In May 2018, President Donald Trump’s biodefense preparedness adviser warned that a flu pandemic was the country’s No. 1 health security threat, and the U.S. was not prepared.“We know that it cannot be stopped at the border,” Luciana Borio, director of medical and biodefense preparedness at the National Security Council, said at a symposium that day.Borio left the Trump administration in 2019. Other high-level global health experts headed for the exits even earlier, after the White House dismantled the National Security Council’s global health security office.The demise of that elite team is now under scrutiny as the Trump administration struggles to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.Trump bristled when asked about his decision to disband the office at a news conference in the Rose Garden on Friday.“I just think it’s a nasty question,” the president responded. “And when you say ‘me,’ I didn’t do it. … I don’t know anything about it.”John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, has defended the decision in recent days.Trump chose Bolton to lead the National Security Council in April 2018. A month later, Bolton nixed the pandemic preparedness office as part of an effort to streamline the agency.“Claims that streamlining NSC structures


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