President Trump’s economic advisers met privately at the White House with the board of the conservative Hoover Institution in late February, and their assessment of the economic fallout from the nascent COVID-19 pandemic spurred one attendee, veteran hedge fund consultant William Callanan, to warn of coming economic tumult in a memo that was then circulated among a small group of elite investors, The New York Times reports.
When Callanan sent the memo to the founder of Appaloosa Management and a top lieutenant on Feb. 25, the U.S. had just 17 known COVID-19 cases and Trump and the White House were publicly saying the virus was completely under control. “Stock market starting to look very good to me!” Trump said Feb. 24, the same day his White House economic advisers were meeting with the Hoover board members. “What struck me,” Callanan wrote in his memo, according to the Times, was that nearly every official he heard from raised the coronavirus “as a point of concern, totally unprovoked.”
“To many of the investors who received or heard about the memo, it was the first significant sign of skepticism among Trump administration officials about their ability to contain the virus,” …read more
Source:: The Week – Business