President Trump complained about his press coverage during a press conference at the White House on Thursday before he claimed that the coronavirus will soon disappear “like a miracle.”
After saying that “we’re almost all better now” and that “it would be really nice if we could be recognized by the press fairly,” Trump discussed how he delivered a “very good” and “calming” press conference on his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak Wednesday night.
“We’re almost all better now, but we do things and it would be really nice if we could be recognized by the press fairly,” Trump said. “And you know what, it would be really nice – if we do something wrong, we get criticized by the press. But I gave a press conference yesterday that was really a very good press conference, and some people thought it was great and most of you people saw it. It was covered live. One of the advantages is that I get covered live all the time. And I like that better because they can’t chop it up … I’d rather be live. But it was a very good press conference and basically it was a calming press conference. It was a conference to say we’re doing well.”
The Dow Jones industrial average responded on Thursday by tumbling 1,190.95 points to close at 25,766.64 – its worst one-day point drop in history.
Trump also suggested that the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. would be worse today if it hadn’t been for his quick intervention.
“Fifteen people is almost, I would say, a miracle,” Trump said, referring to the number of confirmed cases in the U.S., according to Bloomberg News reporter Josh Wingrove in a Thursday evening tweet. The actual number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is currently up to 60, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
However, Trump acknowledged that the outbreak could worsen before getting better.
“It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. And from our shores, you know, it could get worse before it gets better,” Trump said. “It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens. Nobody really knows. The fact is the greatest experts I’ve spoken to them all, nobody really knows.”
Trump on coronavirus: "It could maybe go away. We'll see what happens. Nobody really knows." pic.twitter.com/sH9K2dvTsF
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) February 28, 2020