Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Trump is giving inaccurate information about Covid-19. For instance, during Monday’s daily coronavirus press conference, Trump used a propaganda-like video to praise his efforts and “decisive actions” to stop the spread of Covid-19. The video was comprised of clips from his preferred news network: “Fox News”.
When Coronavirus was beginning to reach the U.S., Trump ignored the possibility that it could become worse and stated “it’s just bad flu”. Even after, when coronavirus was officially declared "epidemic" (and "pandemic" soon after), Trump refused to take action for a long time.
Moreover, at Coronavirus press conferences, Trump mostly talked about new plans, a list of phone calls that he made with other authorities, and his “decisive actions” – rarely any immediate actions. For instance, at the coronavirus task force briefing on April 6, this is one of the things he talked about:
“Thank you for being here. America continues to mobilize every segment of our society to turn the tide in the battle against the virus. I want Americans to know that we will get through this challenge, the hardship will end, it will end soon, normal life will return and our economy will rebound very, very strongly, but right now in the midst of this great national trial, Americans must remain united in purpose and focused on victory. To every single American, please know that the sacrifice you’re making at this time is saving lives many, many lives.”
Do you see any immediate actions? Here are more things he talked about:
“It’s very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world. They’re amazing people and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape or form. They’re working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together. It’s very important. From the beginning, we have been working closely with our nation’s best scientists and medical professionals and we will continue to do so until we have defeated the virus."
Throughout many press conferences he held, no immediate actions were demonstrated. As a matter of fact, if he didn’t ignore Coronavirus as a “bad flu”, experts say, some of the worst could have been avoided. Even when the White House expanded airport screenings for travellers arriving from China, only a handful of people had been quarantined.
When these actions were made, sources say that Trump was having a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Additionally, during his state of reunion address, he mentioned Coronavirus for a mere 20 seconds out of his 78-minute speech.