President Donald Trump has given his own response to the coronavirus pandemic a perfect rating – at a press conference where he also conceded the virus is “not under control.”
Asked at a White House press conference whether the buck stops with him and how he would rate what the administration has achieved, Trump boasted about his performance, despite being widely criticized for calling the virus a “hoax” just weeks ago.
“I would rate it a ten,” he said. “I think we have done a great job.” He then said his administration’s achievements began with its early decision to bar foreign nationals who had visited China from entering the US.
“It started with the fact that we have kept a very highly infected country, despite all of even the professionals saying it is too early to do this, we were very early with respect to China. We would have a whole different situation in this country if we didn’t do that.”
On the US’s efforts to roll out mass testing, which have been decried as haphazard and slow, Trump offered a different reality.
“As far as the testing, the testing we have done, we really took over an obsolete system, a system that wasn’t meant to do anything like this, we took it over and we are doing something that has never been done in this country. I think we are doing very well.”
After a call with several governors, Trump tweeted: “Just had a very good tele-conference with Nation’s governors. Went very well. Cuomo of New York has to ‘do more’.”
Cuomo replied: “I have to do more? No – YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the president.” In a later tweet, he went further: “Happy to do your job, too. Just give me control of the Army Corps of Engineers and I’ll take it from there.”
After the press conference at the White House, Trump resumed his usual Twitter habits, retweeting criticisms of the New York Times and the Democratic presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, the US’s coronavirus death toll has passed 80 and the virus is fast spreading.