When the White House was first warned of coronavirus

According to an exclusive ABC News investigation the National Center for Medical Intelligence warned the military and White House about the spread of the virus in China as far back as late November.
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Now to that breaking news, an exclusive, ABC news investigation out this morning reports that the national center for medical intelligence warned the military and the white house late last year about the spread of coronavirus in China. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega joins us now with the details. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning to you. So, it was just yesterday that president trump said no one had even heard of the virus two months ago but we are now learning that as far back as late November American military medical investigators overseas surrounded the alarm to officials right here at home about a contagion sweeping through Wuhan. Those concerns that the virus could be devastated were detailed in a report and multiple sorts have described that report to our team. Now, it's not just that, there were repeated briefings for policy makers across the federal government through December and by early January the warnings made it into the president's daily briefing. But it wasn't until late January that president trump made his first public comments about this virus saying that he wasn't at all worried about it and that he had it totally under control. Of course, this is now raising serious questions about whether the administration could have ramped up the response efforts before it actually did. Michael, so far no comment from the Pentagon or officials at the white house. We know you'll stay on them today, Cecilia. We also heard the president in the middle of this pandemic threatened to cut off funding to the world health organization. Sorry about that. Reporter: He did, you're right, Michael. It's because he says he's angry with the group saying they've been too China centric during the outbreak and said point blank we'll put a powerful hold on the money given to them but a few minutes later he seemed to backtrack saying he's strongly considering it but if this does happen, it would be huge. The U.S. Is the largest single contributor to the W.H.O. We're talking hundreds of millions of dollars, Michael. Not long ago he was praising the W.H.O. Thank you so much, Cecilia. Going to go to George now.

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