Donald Trump on Wednesday morning bragged about the great job he’s done on coronavirus, but he didn’t call it that.
Tweeted Trump: “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”
On Wednesday morning, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman ripped Trump’s attempts to rewrite history with respect to his response to the coronavirus: “He wasn’t taking this particularly seriously. He didn’t want officials to talk about it publicly for fear of rattling the markets. He was angry when people who had been affected on cruise ships ended up brought back to the U.S. for quarantine… For him to go out and claim that he treated this as if it was a pandemic the whole time, that is a lie, it’s not true. … He doesn’t take most of these departments or agencies particularly seriously unless they were — unless it deals with immigration or law enforcement. If you are not initiating a strong response, and you are outsourcing this solely to health professionals, you’re not going to mobilize major portions of the government in order to be able respond to this. Candidly, it’s inexcusable that it took this long.”