Trump Continues To Stand at the Podium Daily and Says Untrue Things About Coronavirus

Trump Continues To Stand at the Podium Daily and Says Untrue Things About Coronavirus


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Despite declaring himself a “wartime president” amidst the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump continues to prove detrimental at the presidental podium, according to some expert observers.

There have been more than 240,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 140,000 cases still active. The virus has killed more than 10,000.

In the United States, there have been 10,442 reported cases, with 150 deaths, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trump has come under fire since the virus first arrived in the United States, often making statements with inaccurate information, often off-the-cuff, on-camera to the American people, or simply spouting falsehoods which could the lives of Americans in danger in this uncertain time.

That continues to this day, according to Ron Klain, who served as the United States Ebola response coordinator in late 2014 into early 2015.

“It’s been nine days without a briefing from the Centers for Disease Control, and that’s extraordinary in kind of normal times. But I don’t know, whatever is beyond extraordinary in a public health crisis,” he said. “They are the nation’s public health authorities, and they are the ones who we should be hearing from. President Trump stands at that podium every day and says things that are untrue. He says that cures are coming that aren’t really coming, vaccines are coming that aren’t really coming, that Google has built some website that they haven’t really built, that you can get tests when you can’t really get them. So people can’t rely on that information. We need to hear CDC tell us accurate information on a timely basis.”

Trump simply is not giving straight answers to basic questions about the coronavirus response, Mika Brzezinski, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, said during Andrea Mitchell’s program.

“Andrea, I think the key takeaway from what we just saw is that we’re a country still flat-footed in the fight against a deadly virus that is spreading across the country,” she said. “You go to this news conference, you want to hear the latest. You want to ask questions about the latest on testing, on supplies, like masks and ventilators, and you’ve got sort of long, rambling tirades from the president going all over the place talking about fantastic remedies that will be unbelievable like nothing ever seen before, and none of it is imminent.

“None of it is now. None of it is any time soon and there are no masks, and we have the CDC website guidance giving guidance to make your own. That’s where we are,” Brzezinski added.

Meanwhile, Trump also simply isn’t doing all he could to assist the nation at this time, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).

“I will only say to the president: ‘I don’t understand.’ And I think there are millions and tens of millions of Americans who don’t understand what you are doing right now. You are not using the tools of your office. This is one of the greatest emergencies our nation has faced in generations. Every tool must be brought to bear,” de Blasio said.

“For some reason, you continue to hesitate. I said it not to be flip, but to note the historical parallel. President Trump, right now you are the Herbert Hoover of your generation. You are watching and waiting and missing every chance to be bold and to act to protect our nation,” he added.

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