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BREAKING: Secret recording shows Senator Burr warning private audience three weeks ago about coronavirus

Reporter Tim Mak of NPR reported this morning that Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr  issued a dire warning about the coronavirus three weeks ago to a private group of North Carolinians called the Tar Heel Circle at a luncheon in Washington. Burr delivered the warning while President Trump was downplaying the risk, which raises serious questions as to why Burr wasn’t saying the same thing to his constituents. Listen to the story here:

13 Comments


  1. Lora

    March 19, 2020 at 9:56 am

    So, the privileged got a 3 week head’s up notice of the impact of the Corona virus.

  2. Kate

    March 19, 2020 at 10:25 am

    This means nothing–I was thinking the same thing a month ago and I didn’t know anything special. Any one with half a brain could come to this conclusion looking at what was going on overseas. Doctors in my neighborhood said I was overreacting..and some still think that! NPR is doing a disservice by driving a wedge between people and undermining the President with what was simply a statement of common sense by the Senator. The President wasn’t going to pull the pin on the economy until he was sure he had to…and 3 weeks ago, he didn’t have to. His comments about the virus being seasonal were just that–a statement that it might be seasonal. Stop trying to create controversy where there is none. We all need to focus on the virus, not on backstabbing each other.

  3. Jared

    March 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

    The impacts of Corona Virus wasn’t only new these past 3 weeks. Look at China, South Korea, Japan back in late December and January!

  4. Sue Ryan

    March 19, 2020 at 10:46 am

    As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman Burr should have had more access to information that the general public does, particularly as related to medical preparedness. I appreciate having NPR’s information to make up my own mind regarding the situation.

  5. Mat

    March 19, 2020 at 11:03 am

    I’ve lived through Chernobyl in Poland and the same was there than. Government kept people in the dark. So now we have an American Chernobyl right into our faces.

  6. Michael

    March 19, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I recommend staying away from any advice KATE (who shared her opinion above may give) KATE claims anyone with 1/2 a brain could see what was coming and then goes on to say Dr.’s were dismissive of her inquiries. Do the Dr’s she consults with have less that 1/2 brain? Did she seek medical help and advice from doctors while she was not sick with the virus? Any way you view her comments you may want to consider not following her advice.

  7. Zippy

    March 19, 2020 at 11:15 am

    One look at the Tar Heel Circle sponsors tells me everything I need to know about how this relates to pandemic profiteering:
    http://www.northcarolinasociety.org/thetarheelcirlce

  8. Cara

    March 19, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Are you kidding about making a scandal out of what every individual who could read or watch what was happening around the world? Disappointed in NPR perpetuating this instead of using the time & space to share how we can get through this awful time in history.

  9. cliff

    March 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    There’s not enough information here to know how bad Burr’s remarks were. Was he speaking from his own impression of how things were going to worsen, or did he have access to information pointing towards an outbreak which, he told this group, is going to be like the “Spanish flu” of 1918. If his comments were just his feelings about this outbreak, well, of course, he’s not going to broadcast that to the world. As a Senator, it would be heinously irresponsible to do so. But if he was basing his comments on data, reports, and other information from expert sources, then he’s guilty of an incredibly ugly crime.

  10. Ronald

    March 19, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Richard Burr is giving the extremely wealthy *friends* privileged (intel that he learned) information that is used for trading and financial domination over us common people.

  11. Thomas Murphy

    March 20, 2020 at 7:33 am

    How can anyone blame NPR for reporting facts that hidden from many who listened to official sources.

  12. Janie

    March 21, 2020 at 12:12 am

    I believe as Ronald said Burr was giving his rich friends information so they could do trading early, before the pandemic was announced . Now that’s a crime to me. But just my opinion for what it’s worth to you !

  13. Karen Cheek

    March 24, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Kate I simply can’t believe that any doctor in your neighborhood or any where would think this is an over reaction. If it was just a case of a common sense statement by Mr. Burr then it should of made it to the public as a whole not just his group of little play mates. I notice you didn’t bother to mention the dumping of his stock. I am grateful to NPR for giving out the information. Your president does a disservice to American’s every time he opens his mouth to spew a lie. The leader of a county can not be telling citizen’s that a pandemic is just a seasonal virus. The leader of a county can not be issuing might be statements. Statements should be fact. No controversy ? There is plenty where your president is concerned. Speaking the truth isn’t back stabbing. I think I will follow Michael and ignore what you say. So should everyone els.

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