The president’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has been feeble. But that’s the beauty of setting an incredibly low bar for yourself – you can fail upJust a few weeks ago, I was confident that Donald Trump’s days in the White House were numbered. The economy was tanking; coronavirus cases were soaring. And what was the president doing? Calling the coronavirus a “hoax” and mindlessly tweeting. On the same day, the Dow Jones plunged more than 2,000 points and Trump cheerfully retweeted a doctored photo of him playing a violin, remarking: “Who knows what this means, but it sounds good to me!” “Nero” immediately started trending.Trump may be fiddling while the world burns, but, over the past week, he has sharply changed his tune. The guy who recently assured us that Covid-19 would “like a miracle … disappear” now insists that, actually, he knew it was “a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic”. Having realised he can’t just bluster coronavirus away, Trump has rewritten the past, adopted a newly sombre tone and reinvented himself as a “wartime” president. Last Monday, Trump finally admitted the gravity of the situation and announced a 15-day plan to “slow the spread” of the virus. Continue reading...
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Trump defends response and says: ‘We’re rounding the corner’Pair clash on Covid, race, finances and family...Trump defends response and says: ‘We’re rounding the corner’Pair clash on Covid, race, finances and family entanglementsThe Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden assailed Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during Thursday night’s final presidential debate, as the president attempted to reset a race that shows him trailing his opponent in opinion polls less than two weeks before election day. Related: Presidential debate live: Trump and Biden set to face off in final clash Continue reading...
A majority of Americans say Trump didn't do enough to avoid getting COVID-19 and acted irresponsible around others, polling shows
Summary List Placement Americans are seemingly unimpressed by President Donald Trump's efforts to avoid both contracting...Summary List Placement Americans are seemingly unimpressed by President Donald Trump's efforts to avoid both contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others, based on new polling released Monday. Voters were asked by Morning Consult/Politico whether Trump took the proper precautions to protect himself from COVID-19. More than three-in-five voters (63% overall) said Trump did not take proper precautions, with less than a quarter (23%) stating that the president did take the proper precautions, the poll found. A separate poll, conducted by CNN, asked voters if they thought Trump acted responsibly or irresponsibly in handling the risk of coronavirus infection to the people who have been around him recently. A majority of voters (63%) said Trump acted irresponsibly, according to the poll, while roughly a third (33%) said the president acted responsibly. Trump has spent months downplaying the threat of COVID-19 and flouting public health recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. During the first presidential debate last Tuesday, less than a week before Trump tested positive for the virus, the president mocked former Vice President Joe Biden for routinely wearing a mask in public. Top medical experts, including those advising Trump within the government, have consistently urged Americans to wear a mask or face-covering to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Trump has generally rejected this advice and pushed against the notion wearing masks benefits public health amid the pandemic. Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 late last week, and subsequently transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center after his condition worsened. A little over a week ago, Trump held an event in the Rose Garden to announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in mid-September. Attendees did not social distance or wear masks, and a number have since tested positive for the virus. Last Thursday, longtime Trump adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Trump has faced backlash for attending a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday, where he was in contact with roughly 100 people, given he'd been in Hicks' vicinity earlier in the week. White House officials have said they learned of Hicks' diagnosis after Trump left Washington for New Jersey. The president was also widely criticized by medical professionals on Sunday after he took a car ride near the hospital to wave at supporters who'd gathered in the area. Experts said that Trump unnecessarily put the lives of Secret Service agents at risk. Trump is set to leave the hospital on Monday evening, though the White House physician earlier in the day cautioned that the president "may not entirely be out of the woods yet" with the virus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens to animals during wildfires
Misinformation on the president's health once again shows America is fighting an 'infodemic' during the coronavirus pandemic
Summary List Placement In the hours following President Donald Trump's announcement that he and the first...Summary List Placement In the hours following President Donald Trump's announcement that he and the first lady had tested positive for coronavirus, confusion and misinformation emerged as the nation tuned in to updates on the president's condition. A history of inconsistencies and lack of transparency in the Trump administration's approach to the pandemic have heightened distrust in updates on the president's health which have been inconsistent and sewn confusion. In September, Trump's head Department of Health Human Services spokesperson Micahel Caputo, who took medical leave shortly after he spread conspiracy theories on Facebook — including one that claimed the coronavirus pandemic was exaggerated by the "fake news" media — was reported to delay CDC reports that was not in line with Trump's political stance. Also, last month, journalist Bob Woodward's interviews with the president indicated that Trump knew about the deadly consequences coronavirus could have as early as February as he downplayed the pandemic to the American public. Over two-thirds of Americans recently said they "do not trust what Trump says about the coronavirus pandemic," according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll published last month. In addition, 62% of American adults fear that political pressure from the Trump administration would "lead the FDA to rush to approve a coronavirus vaccine without making sure that it is safe and effective." Misinformation is rampant in the 'infodemic' The World Health Organization said in August that the world is not only battling the coronavirus pandemic but also an "infodemic," where an abundance of misinformation proliferates rapidly online. The infodemic has already manifested into a number of deadly consequences: For example, an American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene study found that at least 800 people around the world died after acting on disinformation on a false coronavirus cure. Cornell University researchers recently found "that Donald Trump was likely the largest driver of the COVID-19 misinformation 'infodemic.'" Early in the pandemic, Trump suggested scientists look into whether there was a way to inject disinfectant into human bodies to kill the coronavirus. Although the president brushed off the next day that he was being sarcastic, the misinformation presented at an official White House coronavirus press briefing put Americans in danger – a Kansas man consumed cleaning products days after Trump's statement. In July, Trump shared a video containing false information about cures for coronavirus. The video was removed by Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter – but not before it had already accumulated over 14 million views on Facebook. Trump has also amplified QAnon. QAnon is a far-right conspiracy movement that was identified as a domestic-terrorist threat by the FBI, on a number of occasions. In an August White House press briefing, Trump responded to questions on the QAnon movement and said although he didn't "know much about the movement," but added that "they like me very much, which I appreciate." The president did not denounce the movement but embraced them as "people who love our country." Most recently, far-right QAnon supporters, along with some progressives, were among those on social media circulating conspiracy theories about the president's health after he announced his COVID-19 diagnosis. In addition, concerns on Russian actors proliferating disinformation in the wake of Trump's health status is rampant. Since Trump announced he tested positive, a Russian state-backed television channel tweeted a misleading story that Biden — who tested negative for coronavirus Friday — coughing in the debate was concerning, according to the AP. Read more: 5 ways to determine if you've received accurate coronavirus information, according to an epidemiologist QAnon, the far-right, and some left-wingers are all spreading conspiracies about Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis A Kansas man consumed cleaning products last weekend after Trump mused that injecting disinfectants might help fight the coronavirus Russia has been publishing English-language articles to spread COVID-19 disinformation to Americans, US officials said. It could skew the 2020 elections as it did in 2016. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why NASA won't send humans to Venus