Listen to Whitney Webb, a great young investigator, describe how coronavirus is being used by the national security state. Freedom depends on informed citizens.
Trump is playing the game, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
1) The National Security Council is the president's personal staff that advises him on national security matters. He's compartmentalized Big Tech and the CIA into one organization, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). He;s got the intelligence guys (from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital group), and the Big Tech guys like Eric Schmidt, all in one cozy outfit where he can keep an eye on them.
2) The intel community doesn't like Trump. Trump's very first speech, on the second day he took office (Jan 23, 2017), was to the CIA in Langley, the CIA's headquarters. That's how important the intel community is to Trump. He was trying to sweet talk them. In that speech Trump praised the CIA and told them he loved them. Hah! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-cia-speech-transcript/ He knew better then and he knows better now.
3) Trump knows who Eric Schmidt is -- the former head of Google/Alphabet, the same folks who helped the Chinese Communist Party build their totalitarian AI/surveillance state and their Sesame Credit system of social spying. Yeah, Trump knows what Big Tech represents.
"Trump isn't capable of such nuance," you say. "He's a bumbler and a dope."
Maybe, but I don't think so. At any rate, we'll find out a lot more by election day in November. The action is going to get hotter and heavier the closer we get to November 3rd.