Presidential Dictums

The press these days is overloaded with criticism of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Newspapers point out that he dismissed the problem as “hoax” early on but later declared himself a “wartime president” to confront disease’s spread.

I think the president’s words speak for themselves. Here are dated quotes from him about the pandemic:

January 24: “It will all work out well.” January 30: “We have it very well under control.” February 2: “We pretty much shut it down.” February 10: “When it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” February 19: “The numbers are going to get progressively better.” February 27: “One day, like a miracle, it will disappear.” March 4: “It’s very mild.” March 6: “There is no testing kit shortage.” March 7: “I’m not concerned at all.” March 10: “It will go away. Just stay calm.” March 13: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” March 16: “I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” March 19: “Nobody knew there’d be a pandemic or an epidemic of this proportion.”

As of 23 March, the pandemic statistics in the U.S. read as follows: Covid-19 cases: 35,070. Deaths: 458.

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