“We did all the things proper,” Trump mentioned about his response to the virus.
“The entire world is worked up watching us,” he added. “As a result of we’re main the world.”
The US is main the world, however not in the way in which Trump thinks.
“I’ll pay my respect to a fantastic firm,” Trump mentioned as he left Washington.
Earlier than he arrived in Phoenix, Trump prompt he would put on a masks on the Honeywell facility, if one had been required. In different phrases, Trump wouldn’t lead by instance.
“I believe it is a masks facility, proper? If it is a masks facility I’ll, yeah. I do not know if it is a masks facility,” Trump mentioned.
Regardless of indicators on the Honeywell facility urging folks inside to put on masks, nevertheless, Trump declined to comply with that steerage, although he did put on security goggles. Nationwide safety adviser Robert O’Brien, chief of workers Mark Meadows and new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany additionally elected to forgo masks. They had been standing close to plant workers who had been abiding by the coverage as they busily constructed masks at their work stations.
A White Home official mentioned Honeywell officers had informed the President’s aides that masks weren’t mandatory.
Is that a good suggestion throughout a pandemic, Trump was requested.
Trump initially dodged the query, as an alternative touting his administration’s efforts to ramp up manufacturing of ventilators and assessments. The President additionally prompt the US leads the world in instances and deaths from the coronavirus as a result of it’s conducting extra assessments than some other nation. A part of Trump’s remark is fake — the US nonetheless lags behind different nations in assessments per 1,000 folks. The opposite assertion — that there’s some hyperlink between the variety of assessments and deaths from the coronavirus — was one among Trump’s newer innovations to elucidate away a mushrooming catastrophe.
“Mike Pence and the duty pressure have accomplished a fantastic job, however we’re now taking a look at somewhat little bit of a special kind, and that kind is security and opening, and we’ll have a special group most likely arrange for that,” Trump responded.
Trump additionally tiptoed across the query of whether or not he would ultimately get a coronavirus vaccination when they’re accredited to be used and turn into accessible. He would depart it as much as White Home docs to determine, he mentioned.
“I might be first on line or I might be final on line or I would not take it in any respect. No matter is finest for the nation,” Trump mentioned.
Earlier within the day, Trump eagerly defended his extremely controversial response to the coronavirus as he left the White Home for his journey to Phoenix, within the face of recent estimates from public well being specialists who undertaking a rising variety of useless from the pandemic.
“That is a report with no mitigation,” Trump mentioned a couple of draft report from a John Hopkins College professor whose work was shared with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and circulated contained in the administration early this week.
In truth, the report took into consideration selections made by some state officers to calm down social distancing measures and reopen parts of the US financial system. However the newest fashions weren’t primarily based on a whole cessation of those insurance policies.
A separate projection from the College of Washington’s Institute for Well being Metrics and Analysis additionally forecast a pointy spike in lives misplaced: a complete of 134,475 deaths within the US by midsummer. That mannequin, nevertheless, notes the variety of deaths might be as little as 95,092 and as excessive as 242,890 by August 4, far surpassing current projections embraced by Trump.
“Fashions have been very inaccurate,” Trump mentioned, dismissing the most recent estimates.
“As a result of the Home is a setup,” Trump mentioned about his determination to restrict testimony from administration officers corresponding to Fauci, who has sometimes pissed off high White Home aides by contradicting Trump with extra medical, science-based remarks on the pandemic.
“The Home is a bunch of Trump haters,” the President added.
“I might change the title to ‘The Loser Challenge,’ ” Trump mentioned, attacking members of the group, together with Washington lawyer George Conway, husband of White Home counselor Kellyanne Conway.
“Kellyanne will need to have accomplished an enormous quantity on him,” Trump mentioned derisively.
As for his speech on the Honeywell facility, Trump delivered pretty customary remarks for a presidential speech.
“We’ll vanquish the virus,” Trump informed the group.
However the occasion had loads of marketing campaign overtones. At one level, a employee took to the rostrum to reward Trump, simply as his supporters do on the President’s marketing campaign rallies.
“All Latinos are going to vote for you,” the unidentified man informed Trump.
Because the occasion ended, White Home staffers cranked up a music by The Rolling Stones, one other staple of Trump’s rallies.
Regardless of the grim activity forward for the President, he was in marketing campaign mode.
“It principally was a rally,” one White Home staffer quipped to a reporter in regards to the music.