Live blog again if only to see what disinformation and outright lies will be presented, even if the MSM needs to not broadcast these live or should only replay the factual elements such as expert announcements. Otherwise they’ve become mini-MAGA rallies.
Considering the usual tardiness, this 5pm announcement means the actual event will probably be late, often up to 90 minutes late. It now has a familiar pattern: Trump has a written speech with a few announcements, he ad libs and takes a couple of questions, but flees before tough questions happen. Then actual experts field questions after Mike Pence holds up a prop. Each day/week has had “progress” reports about hospital ships that have yet to arrive.
The usual questions about this stunt-fest will be whether Fauci is present, whether Pence will hold up a prop, and whether Trump will pick a fight with a media member, although RW press plants have been called on to allow Trump to spout campaign talking points. Also, will Trump walk back his “beautiful Easter timeline” where there would be mass church attendance on Easter in a sop to evangelicals.
I will be doing a News Conference live from the @WhiteHouse at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern) to discuss the mtg of the G20 Leaders that took place this morning at 7:55 A.M. by World Teleconference. Also, my 12:00 P.M. Teleconference call w/50 Governors, plus Territories, will be discussed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2020