Donald Trump claimed during a lengthy Wednesday press conference on the COVID-19 outbreak that he considers himself a “wartime president” trying to fight against “the Chinese virus.”
“I look at it – I view it as, a, in a sense as a wartime president,” said Trump, huddled closely with his Vice President and various members of his Coronavirus Task Force. “It’s a very tough situation, you have to do things, you have to close parts of an economy that six weeks ago were the best they’ve ever been. We had the best economy we’ve ever had,” Trump added, falsely.
“Then one day you have to close it down in order to defeat this enemy. But we’re doing it and we’re doing it well,” he said, in a series of remarks that were often focused on self-gloating while ignoring the human loss of health and life during this outbreak.
“The American people have been incredible, for the most part they’ve been really incredible.”
Trump started his remarks by saying, “I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus,” which caused outrage among many on social media for its racism.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2020
Trump then launched into an address that sounded as if it were plucked from World War II.
“Now it’s our time. We must sacrifice together because we are all in this together, and we will come through together. It’s the invisible enemy. That’s always the toughest enemy, the invisible enemy,” Trump told reporters.
“But we are going to defeat the invisible enemy. I think we are going to do it even faster than we thought, and it’ll be a complete victory. It’ll be a total victory,” he promised, again ignoring the human cost of health and lives.
Trump: "It’s the invisible enemy, that’s always the toughest enemy the invisible enemy but we’re going to defeat the invisible enemy, I think we’re going to do it even faster than we thought and it will be a complete victory, it will be a total victory" pic.twitter.com/l4k60wLwrz
— William Kedjanyi (@KeejayOV2) March 18, 2020