Donald Trump and his regime have completed a full heel-turn on their coronavirus outlook. First, he called the outbreak a “hoax.” After the first U.S. death, he downplayed the threat, repeating that “it’s only 22 cases.”
But he finally seems to be grasping the magnitude of the situation. During a White House press conference on Tuesday, he said the U.S. is in for a “very, very painful two weeks.”
Tuesday’s press conference was the most somber, realistic update yet. White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx still projected between 100,000-200,000 U.S. deaths.
Trump continued detailing the upcoming hardships for the country:
This is going to be a rough two-week period. When you look at night the kind of death that has been caused by this invisible enemy, it’s incredible.
Trump’s outlook worsened during the same press conference:
This is going to be three weeks like we haven’t seen so far.
They’re (medical professionals) going to be facing a warzone.
When asked about a vaccine, Dr. Fauci said:
At the very best, it’s going to take months.
None of this is great news. But on the bright side, Trump reminded us repeatedly about his decision to stop flights from China. He even touted how great his choice was to ban European flights. Unfortunately, that’s done little to flatten the epidemiological curve.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blamed the impeachment trial for “distracting” the government from coronavirus response. McConnell told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show:
It (coronavirus) came up while we were tied down on the impeachment trial.
I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment. But Tom (Cotton) figured this out early, and he was absolutely right.
When asked about whether or not the impeachment trial distracted him, Trump responded:
I guess it probably did…It was a hoax
Unsurprisingly, he immediately gave a contradicting statement:
I don’t think I would’ve done any better if I had not been impeached.
Trump has seemingly accepted that more than 100,000 will die. He said that death projections are:
are very sobering, and when you see 100,000 people, and that’s a minimum.
He even seems to think that would be a great outcome compared to the number of deaths if he took no action. He says if he did nothing, “it could’ve been 2.2 million people.”
But what kind of leader would take zero action? He’s comparing himself to an imaginary president. The fact is that we could have lower death projections if Trump didn’t stall at critical moments.
He went on to say:
I’m not about bad news. I want to give people hope.
I’m a positive person.
Trump’s lack of “bad news” is the biggest part of the problem. America needs to know the severity of this situation. Less than a week ago, he told us the country could be ‘raring to go’ by Easter.
Thanks to him downplaying the threat, people all across the country continued as if nothing had changed.
If you truly want to give us hope, Trump, give us a leader we can trust.
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