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Turns Out Trump Wanted to Imprison Infected Americans in Guantanamo to Slow the Virus

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From injecting bleach as a cure for the virus that's killed over 600 thousand Americans to filling a moat with alligators to curb unauthorized immigration, former President Donald Trump had some wildly unhinged ideas for addressing some of the nation's most urgent issues.

Now, another of his terrifying suggestions—featured in Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration's Response to the Pandemic That Changed History by Washington Post journalists Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta—is raising eyebrows once again.

In February of 2020, as Trump was dismissing the severity of the imminent outbreak of the virus, he privately suggested in a Situation Room meeting the possibility of keeping infected Americans in Guantanamo Bay.

Trump reportedly said:

"Don't we have an island that we own? What about Guantanamo?"

The infamous prison is widely known for its harsh conditions and for housing some of the world's deadliest criminals. Its closure has been supported by Democratic Presidents like Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

According to the book, which features nearly 200 sources including senior White House staffers, Trump went on to lament the growing accessibility of testing (something he often did in public as well), worried it would cost him the 2020 election.

People were amazed at the latest revelation from the Trump White House.

It further laid bare the most insidious aspects of Trump's character.

What's more, Guantanamo is not, in fact, an island.