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Trump Fires Off Freakout Tweet Attacking Media Over ‘Fake’ Coverage Of Coronavirus

President Donald Trump railed against the media in an early-morning tweet on Wednesday over the coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, accusing MSNBC and CNN of “doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible.”

In his tweet, Trump continued to blame the media and Democrats for overstating the danger of the disease, even as health experts have warned of its spread.

He also insisted the U.S. is “in great shape” in its handling of the disease and said that he will hold a news conference at 6 p.m. to address his administration’s response to the “fake” coverage.

“Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!”

In a second tweet, he added: “I will be having a News Conference at the White House, on this subject, today at 6:00 P.M. CDC representatives, and others, will be there. Thank you!”

Trump’s tweets appeared to underscore his focus on how the deadly disease is affecting financial markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 2,000 points over the last two days.

The president is facing mounting pressure over his handling of the coronavirus from lawmakers and health officials, who warned on Tuesday that the country should prepare for an outbreak of cases in the U.S.

“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” Nancy Messonnier, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters. “Disruption to everyday life might be severe.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have signaled the government response has thus far been insufficient to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. The Trump administration requested $2.5 billion in additional funding to combat the disease, a figure some lawmakers viewed as inadequate.

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