Trump is posting Fox News clips one minute ahead of the time he said his press briefing would start. At least important duties are keeping us all waiting! https://t.co/pcHCceOpKD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump on February White House memo addressed directly to him that warned of potentially millions of coronavirus deaths in the US: "I didn't see it." pic.twitter.com/woGxfKJ24T— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump wants you to believe that he never saw a memo written by one of his top advisers (Peter Navarro) directly addressed to him in February that warned of millions of US deaths pic.twitter.com/E1Aiubk60o— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
REPORTER: You said in February that within a couple days coronavirus cases would be down to zero.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
TRUMP: Well, the cases really didn't build up for a while. pic.twitter.com/ZuC4GVZKj7
Trump said:400,000 US coronavirus cases later, Trump just defended his February whopper that infections would soon be "down to close to zero" https://t.co/BhOMPPs7w1— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
I didn't see them, but I heard some memos talking about pandemic. I didn't see them, I didn't look for them either. ... I basically did what the memo said.That is a lie. (He heard some memos talking, did he?)
Trump also claimed he was completely correct when he said the virus would simply go away (though he made no mention of his estimate of only a handful of cases and no deaths):
Which I was right about. It will go away.He has made this excuse several times over the past few days. I have no idea why the room has not exploded with follow-up questions, like:
It will go away. Yes, I guess it will, eventually. So in your mind, the best response is to sit down and do nothing while waiting for it to "go away"?
It will go away. And on that day - when, as you said, the virus simply disappears like a miracle - can you tell us how many Americans will be dead? How many Americans will be dead because you deliberately ignored this threat for at least two months?
adventures in reading with Trump pic.twitter.com/uXCMMVOMdZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump, who last week wouldn't guarantee that the federal government would help New York obtain enough ventilators, now says "if your governor is failing, we will protect you." pic.twitter.com/zQxXtX4hB2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
As state governors plead with Trump to do more to help them, Trump says he's sending ventilators to the UK pic.twitter.com/pVe5urk8RB— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Here's the president ranting at length about the Post Office during a #TrumpPressBriefing about a deadly pandemic pic.twitter.com/dIAFRfBdlV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump still hasn't figured out that the 1918 flu pandemic didn't happen in 1917 pic.twitter.com/ReLzB6EL6T— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
"I really think it's a great thing to try, just based on what I know" -- we've reached the Trump Pushes Unproven Drugs portion of the April 7 briefing pic.twitter.com/JaYvR65Ajm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
"As we intensify our military campaign against the virus, I think that it must be brought out that we have to thank the American people for continuing to follow our guidelines on slowing the spread" -- Trump pic.twitter.com/2h0z8qSWBp— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
"Military campaign"?— ChockingVictim (@SeaMopper) April 7, 2020
Yes, it's the hallmark of successful wartime Presidents that they claim the war is best fought by governors and that the federal stockpile shouldn't be used in defense of citizens and that the war will go away on its own in the warm months.
An awkward moment as Trump is asked about the wisdom of cutting funding to the World Health Organization during a pandemic pic.twitter.com/L6g4ideoJz— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump announces that the US is freezing contributions to the World Health Organization, which doesn't seem likely to help with the next pandemic pic.twitter.com/6Lrjy9ENDw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump's new coronavirus talking point is to try and offload blame to the WHO pic.twitter.com/NcLSUjxWKo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump wants to blame the World Health Organization as things go south. But when it mattered, here is what he said:https://t.co/To4AYXA1nU— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) April 7, 2020
"They should've known" - Guy who is President, doesn't read any briefings, disbanded the pandemic response team in 2018, removed the epidemiologist embedded w/ the Chinese CDC last summer, downplayed the severity of this virus for 2+ months & wanted churches packed this Sunday.— Pilot9 🚀 (@Pilot9) April 7, 2020
Trump claims that US has more coronavirus cases because we're testing more people, ignoring that the US is also on track to have the most total deaths pic.twitter.com/rNh7Th1CuW— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
WHO warned in January pic.twitter.com/dS7pPvYbtr— Sunil (@heysunil) April 7, 2020
Trump just completely makes shit up to try and make it seem as though mail-in voting enables cheating (there's no evidence it does) pic.twitter.com/bsUjFy787p— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
Trump bizarrely refuses to take a question from a reporter about oil because the reporter can't tell him what the price of oil is pic.twitter.com/9zBJ50cRxd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
"The captain should not have written a letter. He didn't need to be Ernest Hemingway" -- Trump on Captain Crozier, who wrote a letter expressing concern that his ship was infected with coronavirus pic.twitter.com/t8SQ73phw6— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2020
***He's been very upset that the letter was "five pages single spaced." Our very stable genius Dear Leader clearly doesn't know that Hemingway was actually known for his brevity. https://t.co/c25KrliFWb— digby (@digby56) April 7, 2020
Just rewatched the clip: before offering the absurd spin about his previous comments about the virus being like the flu, Trump said, "Ready?"— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 7, 2020
"Ready?" has become the telltale sign that an audaciously dishonest story is coming. https://t.co/7CJC47q9rI
President Trump: "I think mail-in voting is horrible, it's corrupt."— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 7, 2020
Reporter: "You voted by mail in Florida's election last month, didn't you?"
Trump: "Sure. I can vote by mail"
Reporter: "How do you reconcile with that?"
Trump: "Because I'm allowed to." pic.twitter.com/Es8ZNyB3O1