11 times Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus

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  • President Donald Trump has consistently underplayed the severity of the coronavirus and its impact on the country over the past few months. And who has comes to his defense? Vice President Mike Pence! Chris Cillizza runs through some of the top moments President Trump has belittled the threat of coronavirus.

    SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
    Pence seeks to blame CDC and China for any delay in US coronavirus response — not Trump’s initial failure to face reality
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/politics/mike-pence-coronavirus/index.html

    Trump uses China as a foil when talking coronavirus, distancing himself from criticism
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/20/coronavirus-trump-blames-china-distancing-himself-fallout/2876983001/

    Trump Defends Closing Borders to Travelers to Fight Coronavirus
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/us/politics/trump-super-bowl-interview-coronavirus.html

    April 5 coronavirus news
    https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-04-05-20/index.html

    February 26 coronavirus news
    https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-02-26-20-intl-hnk/index.html

    Trump again downplays coronavirus by comparing it to the seasonal flu. It’s not a fair comparison.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/24/trump-again-downplays-coronavirus-by-comparing-it-seasonal-flu-its-not-fair-comparison/

    FACT CHECK: Trump Compares Coronavirus To The Flu, But It Could Be 10 Times Deadlier
    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/24/820797301/fact-check-trump-compares-coronavirus-to-the-flu-but-they-are-not-the-same

    Trump says a nationwide coronavirus stay-home order was discussed – but is ‘pretty unlikely’ for now
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-trump-says-a-nationwide-stay-home-order-was-discussed-but-unlikely.html

    Brazilian president’s press secretary tests positive for coronavirus, days after meeting Trump
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/americas/brazil-bolsonaro-coronavirus-aide-scli-intl/index.html

    US coronavirus death toll reaches 61 as cities, states close bars and other venues
    https://abcnews.go.com/US/coronavirus-live-updates-passengers-stuck-long-lines-airports/story?id=69602911

    The 30 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s interview with Sean Hannity
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/politics/donald-trump-sean-hannity-coronavirus-china/index.html

    President Trump’s Prime-Time Pandemic
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/arts/television/trump-coronavirus-briefing.html

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