Video of my exchange w/ Pres Trump today.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 29, 2020
My Q is on Trump saying this about governors on Thursday: “I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they are going to be. I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators.” https://t.co/bska84ZFPs
Or at least we hope.
Thanks to @JDiamond1 for passing me the microphone & letting me ask my second question.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 29, 2020
I asked: Which health professionals are telling you that more people will die from the economic impact than coronavirus?
Trump didn’t answer directly and instead just repeated his claims.
Trump just now: *I* don't call unappreciative governors, but Pence does, and I don't tell Pence not to.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 29, 2020
Trump Friday: "I say, 'Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington. You’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan.'"
One month ago, Trump said there were only 15 coronavirus cases in the United States and in a few days it would be zero and that proves he is doing a good job— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 29, 2020
Today, Trump said that if 100,000 people die of coronavirus in the United States that proves he is doing a good job https://t.co/ppqpXSUUkv
And you knew he would bring it up:
And about starting things up at Easter? He never said things would start up at Easter!Trump brags about how his press briefings about a deadly pandemic that is killing Americans get ratings comparable to "The Bachelor" or "Monday Night Football" pic.twitter.com/d3WCvQpSDL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2020
Trump now says the hope he expressed for packed churches on Easter was just "aspirational" pic.twitter.com/NpCCJRFR8S— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2020
In addition to being triggered by @yamiche every time, subtext here is potus is not happy having to walk back a statement he made that he wanted to will into reality about Easter as a benchmark. Getting mad at reporters at this event because of that was inevitable. https://t.co/uF7l1LatBi— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 29, 2020
Trump said people have been asking what would happen if the country did nothing and rode it out. Unclear if anyone outside the administration or its allies is asking that.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 29, 2020
So, that 100,000 dead projection? Well, he's not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed! In fact, it's so low a number let's just double it!
I really do hope millions tuned in to watch this. It saves the Democrats a lot of money in campaign ads.200,000 coronavirus deaths would be roughly four times the American death toll during the entire Vietnam War. Trump indicated today he plans to tout that figure as *an accomplishment* on the campaign trail. https://t.co/sfiZLP64Ir— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2020