Stressed Trump escapes White Home however not the pandemic

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Trump projected solely his typical bravado earlier than he hopped aboard Marine One for the transient helicopter flight to Joint Base Andrews, the place he would proceed his cross-country journey to Arizona. It was as if the variety of useless racing previous the grim milestone of 70,000 was not registering, a sign that such dispiriting figures could by no means actually have an effect on him, at the very least not publicly.

“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.

In contrast to earlier presidents who took time to grieve with heartbroken households throughout nationwide catastrophes, in communities devastated by earthquakes or small cities wiped off the map by hurricanes, Trump didn’t spend time comforting residents who’ve misplaced family members to the virus. He sat down with a gaggle of Native People and toured a Honeywell manufacturing facility that’s manufacturing N-95 medical masks to tout his administration’s response to the virus.

“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.

Previous to his manufacturing facility tour, Trump repeatedly sidestepped questions on Vice President Mike Pence’s remark to reporters indicating that the White Home is contemplating whether or not to wind down the work of the coronavirus activity pressure.

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.

Regardless of the President’s depiction of his response as primarily flawless, he vowed to dam his administration’s high well being specialists, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, from testifying at congressional hearings the place they may presumably echo Trump’s rosy assessments.

“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.

Trump left Washington clearly agitated by a brand new commercial produced by a gaggle of “By no means Trump” Republicans who borrowed from an iconic 1984 “Morning in America” reelection spot for President Ronald Reagan. “The Lincoln Challenge” advert, titled “Mourning in America,” depicts a virus-ravaged US financial system and an out-of-touch Trump.

“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.

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