So now he decides that Covid-19 might be serious.
Trump struck a more concerned tone about the virus — at least by the standards of his previous run of briefings. “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” he said. He encouraged people to wear masks, stay apart when possible and to “avoid packed bars.” He said he carries a mask with him and puts it on if he’s in an elevator.
But he also fell back on political attacks and misleading or false statements to downplay the virus and cast blame away from him. He called the virus “the China virus” and repeated his false claim that the United States has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world. He said again that the virus “will disappear,” for which there is no scientific evidence, even if there is a vaccine.
And he refused to acknowledge widespread problems with testing in the United States, including test shortages and slow turnaround times for results. Even some top Senate Republicans have said that testing isn’t working as is. The Post has reported the Trump administration wants to block billions of dollars in federal money going to states for testing and contact tracing in a new coronavirus relief bill.
What is the over/under on how long this will hold his attention before the next shiny object or “Oh, look, a kitty!” I’ll be hopeful and say that he’ll make it to around noon today before he gets bored again and starts going after baseball coaches taking a knee or sending best wishes to the girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein who is accused of being his procurer. And his passing approval of wearing masks won’t stop the nutsery from attacking store clerks who are politely enforcing company policy to wear them.
Meanwhile, over 1,000 deaths from the virus were recorded yesterday.