Asked about his change in tone yesterday, Trump says, "I have seen that, where people actually liked it. But I didn't feel different. I've always known this is a real -- this is a pandemic." He then claims, "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 17, 2020
CNBC on Jan. 22: "Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?"— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 17, 2020
Trump's response: "No. Not at all. And -- we're -- we have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's going to be just fine."https://t.co/EoaaBxHW1k
Trump: "We have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 16, 2020
False. Both with regard to pandemics generally, coronavirus pandemics in particular, and this specific coronavirus.
And the US had its first confirmed case in January. https://t.co/GipI01oUBg
Trump just said “A lot of people are gonna die. A lot of people,” “I’ve always known this was a pandemic.”— Patricia Villaescusa (@patyvillaescusa) March 17, 2020
If Trump always knew this was a pandemic that was going to kill a lot of people, why in the he’ll didn’t he act sooner? why didn’t he get the country prepared for it?
Feb. 26: Trump:
“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done."