The president and senior officials manipulated Americans and played down the severity of the pandemic.
It starts with good detective work. It requires a White House willing to listen.
An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.
Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States. But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.