President Donald Trump participates in a phone call on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was receiving treatment for Covid-19.

President Donald Trump participates in a phone call on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was receiving treatment for Covid-19.

When it comes to the Trump administration’s pandemic response, we all know the outlines of the story – a president who refused to believe the seriousness of the pandemic from its earliest days, a confused response from top officials and a government that seemed wholly unprepared to deal with something as serious as Covid-19.

A new book by a pair of Washington Post reporters goes deeper, giving us an inside look at when and how things went wrong, and why science was ignored in favor of political wins.

Damian Paletta, economics editor at the Washington Post, is co-author of the new book, “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic that Changed History.”

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