Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Pandemic probably will 'get worse before it gets better': A solo Trump holds 1st coronavirus briefing in months

Changing tone, he also advised Americans to "get a mask, wear a mask."

US President Donlad Trump

By Ben Gittleson, Jordyn Phelps, and Libby Cathey 

President Donald Trump held his first press briefing focused on the coronavirus crisis in nearly three months on Tuesday -- by himself -- without any experts from the White House task force.

"Today, I want to provide an update on our response to the China virus, and what my administration is doing to get the outbreak in the Sunbelt under control. Seems largely in Sunbelt but could be spreading," Trump said to open the briefing amid polls showing Americans sharply disapproving of how he's handled the crisis.

Comparing the U.S. to the rest of the world, he downplayed the impact of the pandemic on Americans by emphasizing it's a global problem, but he also made a rare acknowledgment of bad news ahead.

"It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better. Something I don't like saying about things but that's the way it is. It's the way -- it's what we have. You look over the world. It's all over the world. And it tends to do that," he said.  Read more >>