Trump Wages Twitter Fights In Midst Of Virus Crisis

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with tourism industry executives about the coronavirus, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used Twitter to air his grievances and boasts Wednesday even as he announced new steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Moments before telling the country that the U.S. and Canada had decided to temporarily close the world’s longest border to non-essential traffic, Trump was tweeting about his approval rating and bashing the news media that his administration is relying on to share its warnings about the virus.

“I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning,” Trump tweeted, despite his record of playing down the threat for weeks. “The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

It was a jarring contrast even for a president well-practiced in preaching unity in one breath and pummeling his political rivals in another.

As he needled Democrats, Trump tried to assure those who are now out of work as hotels, bars, restaurants and other gathering spots close that, “money will soon be coming to you. The onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault! Will be stronger than ever!”

Asked Tuesday whether he would consider laying off the insults during a national emergency, Trump said that he would continue to respond “if they’re not going to play fair. ”

“I want it to be bipartisan and nobody’s going to be better than me.,” he added. “But when they attack me or the people — these incredible people behind me — I’m not going to let them get away with that. I can’t do that.”

Since the virus has spread, Trump and his top aides have stepped up their criticism of China, noting consistently that the outbreak was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. They have referred to the virus as the “Wuhan virus” or the “Chinese virus” on multiple occasions, disregarding World Health Organization terminology that avoids identifying it by geography.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, like pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. His act is stale already. Calling it the ‘China Virus’ is moronic and unscientific. What a small-minded creep he is. Time for a change. The witch hunt found its witch. Its him.

    • Time will tell but if he wins against sleepy joe in 2020 what will you do then? According to you either way he will still be in office . You believe this wom’t end once the weather gets warmer. This will linger for a long time. If so then no elections in NOV due to the China virus. And trump remains in office. Heads you lose tails you lose.

      And why isn’t it a china Virus? Thats where it broke out?

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