PRESIDENT Donald Trump announced that he realized the seriousness of the coronavirus "when he closed the US to China" in January.
The epiphany, however, came two months after the White House were briefed about the deadly virus.
During a press conference on Wednesday, the president was pressed about when he learned how severe the disease was.
He replied: "Just before I closed the country to China."
ABC News reported that the White House were warned about the deadly virus as far back as November.
Concerns about the virus were reportedly documented in a November intelligence report by the military's National Center for Medical Intelligence.
The outlet also said that the worries were then briefed to Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the White House.
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The US coronavirus death toll stands at 12,857.
There are 400,549 confirmed cases in the country.
However, at least 21,711 have recovered from the deadly virus.
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