President Trump, in his own words, on the pandemic
Editor’s note: This version has been changed from the original to remove one quote that could not be confirmed.
July 1: “I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way it looked. I thought it was OK. It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked OK. It looked like the Lone Ranger. I have no problem with that, and if people feel good about it, they should do it.”
July 1: “As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the USA, I become more and more angry at China. People can see it, and I can feel it.”
July 2: “Some were doing very well, and we thought they may be gone, and they flare up, and we’re putting out the fires. But other places were long before us, and they’re now — it’s got a life, and we’re putting out that life, because that’s a bad life that we’re talking about.”
July 5: “New China Virus Cases up (because of massive testing), deaths are down, ‘low and steady’. The Fake News Media should report this and also, the new job numbers are setting records!”
July 7: “Well, I think we are in a good place. I disagree with him. Dr Fauci said don’t wear masks and now he says wear them. And he said numerous things. Don’t close off China. Don’t ban China. I did it anyway. I didn’t listen to my experts and I banned China. We would have been in much worse shape. We have done a good job. I think we are going to be in two, three or four weeks going to be in very good shape.”
July 8: “I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough and expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!”
July 10: “We have cases all over the place. Most of the cases immediately get better, they are people, young people they have sniffles and two days later they are fine and they are not sick to start.”
July 10: “We have a mortality rate, think of this, that’s ten-fold better than any other — that we’re doing is incredible. If you look, you’ve heard the numbers: Ten-fold. We have fewer people dying. A lot of very good things have happened, a lot of really good things. We’re doing a great job. But testing is just showing up all these cases, and if you turn the news on you’ll see it’s always the word ‘cases’. They don’t talk about death, because deaths are way down. They talk about cases. All the time, cases.”
July 11: “I think when you are in a hospital, especially in that particular setting where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask. I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place.”
July 13: “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most that we are told to trust.” (Retweet of a former game show host Chuck Woolery.)
As of July 13, the CDC reported a total of 3,296,599 cases in the U.S., and a total of 134,884 deaths. Note: According to Factcheck.org, increased testing does not create more positive cases, and the country has the third highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world.
Gail Lehmann is a resident of Ridgefield. She has been tracking President Trump’s public comments and tweets on coronavirus and the pandemic since late January. This is the eighth installment.