President Trump Keeps Lying About Coronavirus

UPDATE: Eli Stokols of the Los Angeles Times (and formerly Fox 31 News in Colorado) summarizes Trump’s truth troubles:

One of the areas on which Trump has most conspicuously made statements that don’t square with reality involves testing for the virus.

“We’ve done a good job on testing,” he insisted Thursday.

Almost simultaneously, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the dearth of available tests in the U.S. as the outbreak spreads amounts to “a failing.”

“The system is not really geared to what we need right now,” Fauci said in testimony to the House Oversight Committee. “That is a failing. It is a failing. Let’s admit it.”

President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday night from the Oval Office, rattling off a bunch of information about the U.S. response to the Coronavirus pandemic that turned out to be absolutely wrong. As Dan Balz writes for The Washington Post:

In times of national crisis, people look to the president for direction, reassurance and confidence. President Trump’s Oval Office speech on Wednesday night provided precisely the opposite.

Trump’s Wednesday night bullshitting continued today during a press conference at the White House. Chris Cillizza of CNN points out the many, many, many falsehoods uttered by the actual President of the United States of America. You should really read Cillizza’s entire recount of this morning’s press event, but here’s a sampling of some of the most ridiculous of those quotes:

“You know, you see what’s going on. And so I just wanted that to stop as it pertains to the United States. And that’s what we’ve done. We’ve stopped it.”

We stopped the Coronavirus? No.

“And what is the number as of this morning? Is it 32? You could tell me. Is it 32 deaths, Steve, around that?”

We can’t add anything to Cillizza’s response here: The President of the United States is unaware of how many Americans have died as a result of coronavirus. Indefensible. At the time Trump said this, there were 38 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.

“We’re doing it the opposite, we’re very much ahead of everything.”


For factual information about Coronavirus, here are some links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

♦ World Health Organization

NBC News

♦ The New York Times


19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. papapajama says:

    He's immune to the truth.

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    President George W. Bush provided inspirational leadership for the country in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    President Barack Obama provided inspirational leadership when the SEALS bagged Osama bin Laden.

    Still waiting on Trump………….

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    In a brief email exchange today with someone from the COVID Tracking Project, a group trying to do a better job of reporting stats than the CDC, I was astonished to learn there is no common definition being used by the 50 states and DC for their reports. 

    Some report "persons tested." Others "number of tests performed." Since some protocols call for everyone to get two tests and some people require multiple tests, the difference is material. 

    Even more astonishing to me:  "You'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) that some states include the deaths in their positive total and others don't. It's very confusing for everyone."

    We really don't know much of anything about this pandemic's performance in the United States.

    • MADCO says:

      no, no no – I was watching tv last night and this older man came on and said everything is fine, that the US has done and is doing a great job.

      I was thinking about buying a house in Italy. Or maybe Venezuela. I'll be banking in one of the Haven islands, but everything is good.

  4. Gilpin Guy says:

    I wonder if he is measuring his re-election chances after the country is slammed by a global recession.  All the money wasted to compensate for a failed tariff war could have been used to finance nationwide testing and disbanding the Pandemic Response Unit will be viewed as a criminal act of malfesence.  I’m thinking they will be even smaller by the end of summer.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      “Who knew that a global pandemic could ever happen — just like it did in 2018 or 1817 or 1918, or whatever??!  And, that a few people might get sick? Nobody ever told me! Who knew that?  Nobody knew it could happen! Whoever even heard of a padthaipicnic, anyway?! Nobody knew that!“

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