Last updated on May 6, 2020
More Trump lies in ABC interview, but he wants the ratings, because it’s Mourning in America.
“There'll be more death, that the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine. And I think we're doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it's going to pass, and we're going to be back to normal. But it's been a rough process. There is no question about it,” Trump said.
President Donald Trump said in an exclusive interview with ABC “World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir on Tuesday that “it's possible there will be some” deaths as states roll back restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, acknowledging that it was the choice the country faces to reopen and jumpstart the economy.
“Do you believe that's the reality we're facing that — that lives will be lost to reopen the country?” Muir asked Trump during an interview in Phoenix, Arizona, on the president's first major trip in months since the virus outbreak worsened.
The president’s optimistic outlook stands in contrast to the consensus of opinion among public health experts in warning that the virus will continue to pose a major risk until the time that there is effective treatment and vaccination.
Asked by Muir if “right now,” any American worker nervous about returning to work who wants to get tested could get access to an antibody test, Trump said yes.
“They should have no problem,” Trump said.
The president was dismissive of two new analyses that offered cautionary tales against a premature reopening, one from Johns Hopkins University that warned the daily death rate could nearly by June and a model from the University of Washington that warned the U.S. death toll could to nearly 135,000 by Aug. 4.
“These models have been so wrong from day one. Both on the low side and the upside. They've been so wrong, they've been so out of whack. And they keep making new models, new models and they’re wrong,” the president said.
“Those models that you're mentioning are talking about without mitigation,” Trump continued. “Well we're mitigating and we've learned to mitigate, but we can be in place, work in place and also mitigate.”
But the University of Washington model did account for continued mitigation, and Johns Hopkins said the information in its analysis model included “some scenarios” like premature relaxation of social distancing.
- ABC: You're three years into your term. What did you do when you became president to restock those cupboards that you say are bare?
- TRUMP: “Well, I'll be honest, uh, I have a lot of things going on.”
- Trump comes across poorly being interviewed on a non-Fox channel. The nonstop deflections and tangents are such a bad bit for David Muir's subdued and sober presentation.
- “Well, that is what it is” — Really poignant stuff here from Trump on the topic of his message to hurting Americans
- “I banned people from coming into China” — while trying to defend his February comment that the coronavirus would go away on its own, Trump confuses which country he's president of and comes across as a parody of an incompetent leader
- Trump was a disastrous performance by Trump. My goodness.
Following its release Monday, the “Mourning in America” ad circulated on the Internet for most of the day, but Trump did not publicly retaliate until after midnight.
The Lincoln Project, in its own unsigned tweet, responded to Trump’s tweets not long afterward.
“Since you are awake and trolling the internet,” it said, “here is a little bedtime story just for you,” attaching the “Mourning in America” video.
Trump wants women reporters to be like Donna Reed, and he’s like Carl Betz, her husband on the Donna Reed Show.
“A lot of people love when the press hits me, you know, when I go at it with the press — they like it,” Trump said. He admitted he liked the arena, too.
“Yeah, I do, I, I’m OK with it. I’d rather have a normal, you know, normal — a more normal situation, but I do. And they like it. Some people don’t like it. I have a feeling everybody likes it because, you know, it’s more exciting than sitting there falling asleep.”
“So you know, I enjoyed it,” Trump concluded.
“You know, we didn’t stop them. I mean, this is breaking, this, but we didn’t stop them. Because we’ll probably do maybe one a week, sometimes two depending on the news, but Kayleigh’s going to be able to do them,” Trump said.
“We’ll do them. We get a lot of people watching, and it’s the way that you get around fake news. In other words, I have a much bigger audience than anybody’s ever had.”
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