Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that he has always taken the coronavirus outbreak seriously and said that he always knew it would be a pandemic.
But it was less than a month ago that Trump called it a hoax and was blaming Democrats for allegedly spreading coronavirus hysteria.
“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” Trump said in North Carolina just three weeks ago. “One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. … They tried anything. … And this is their new hoax.”
Even Trump’s people claimed that the virus was being contained.
His chief of the economic council, Larry Kudlow, called it “relatively contained.”
Senior aide Kellyanne Conway said the coronavirus “is being contained.”
But the story seemed to change on Tuesday when Trump told the nation he’s always taken it “seriously” and “I’ve always known this is a– real — pandemic.”
This prompted Twitter users to go after Trump and call him out on his lies yet again.
Pres Trump: "I've felt it was a pandemic before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries…I have always viewed it as very serious."
Note: Last month, Trump said reaction to coronavirus by some was "hoax" and the virus would be "disappear" soon.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 17, 2020
Someone please ask trump why has he changed from “it’s a hoax by the fake news and the democrats” to “it’s a serious pandemic”. And how many test kits did the WHO offer and why did he refuse them.
— Boyd Edwards (@b_l_edwards) March 17, 2020
Reporter: "Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?"
Trump: "No. Not at all."
Trump: "We're going down, not up. We're going substantially down."
Trump: "I'm not concerned at all"
Trump: "I've always known this is a real…pandemic" https://t.co/i38hWJXiR4
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) March 17, 2020
tRump is trying to say he knew coronavirus was serious long ago. When? When he blamed it on Dems? When he refused WHO test kits? When he called it a hoax? When he said it would magically go away?
Lies and more lies!!@realDonaldTrump
— Hooks 🌊♐ (@jmhooksline) March 17, 2020
Trump wants to look like he's taking this serious after not taking it seriously for weeks. https://t.co/tCwxfH6TgX
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 17, 2020
America: finally gets on board with Trump’s virus rhetoric
Trump: You liked that? I got even more of that stuff baby! You’re gonna love how serious I am!
*America has left the chat again* https://t.co/lAPXm0HGUp
— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) March 17, 2020
— Katty McCatnip ✊🏻☮️🌊🇺🇸🆘 (@PensiveMusings) March 17, 2020
Trump: I knew it was a serious pandemic from the beginning.
2/2: "We pretty much shut it down coming in from China."
2/25: "I think that's a problem that's going to go away."
2/26: "The 15 (cases) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero." #COVID19
— FedUp (@FedUp84461813) March 17, 2020
Kristen Welker: Why the shift in your tone yesterday? (fawning )
Trump: I always knew it was a pandemic. Before everyone was calling it a pandemic. It was always very serious, no difference yesterday. Some people said that.
Welker: 100% chance of recession?
Trump: Could be.
— San Diego Broker (@housesandme) March 17, 2020
Trump (today) says he always thought Covid-19 (Coronavirus) was serious, and considered it a pandemic long before it was defined that way…but he said, it's under control, and it's going to be fine — (Just say, you don't know, when you don't know)
— Mike Otis (@MikeorMrMike) March 17, 2020