Donald Trump claimed during a press conference on Monday that “nobody” took the coronavirus outbreak seriously a month ago and no one expected to grow how it has.
“We have an invisible enemy. We have a problem a month ago nobody ever thought about,” Trump said. “It’s just so contagious — sort of record-setting type contagion.”
But as Politico’s Dan Diamond points out, it’s now almost two months to the day that Trump was warned about the impending pandemic.
“In presser, Trump says ‘we have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about,’” Diamond wrote. “Trump was first briefed about coronavirus threat almost exactly two months ago today.”
In presser, Trump says “we have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about.”
Trump was first briefed about coronavirus threat almost exactly two months ago today. pic.twitter.com/Im2Dee72TY
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 16, 2020
Others on Twitter also called out Trump for lying yet again:
literally millions of people were talking about it. he called it a hoax
— d_mcc (@d_mccarthy37) March 16, 2020
Cue the clip from Davos where he's asked about it – back in January.
— Erik the Rural Juror (@EDoggTheRed) March 16, 2020
He uses so many words and says so little. There is nothing inspiring nor comforting (let alone knowledgeable) when he speaks at pressers.
— Karen Larimer (@Karen4Hearts) March 16, 2020
"It's just so contagious. We have an invisible enemy. We have a problem that a month ago no one ever thought about."
You were briefed in January! A month ago hundreds were dying in China! Days ago you said it was a hoax that'd disappear & overruled CDC in telling seniors to fly!
— Nancy 🍑 (@BowmanNancy) March 16, 2020
He's still lying but it doesn't matter because no one's listening to him anymore
— Michael Price (@micpric) March 16, 2020
We had an entire division in the CDC whose job was to think about this. Trump fired them.
— Lifendz 🇺🇸🗽 (@Lifendz) March 16, 2020
Is this where he claim that only he can fix it, after saying he holds no responsibility?
Does anyone think he is a leader?
— Joe (@rockytech) March 16, 2020
Did you know COVID-19 got it's name from being discovered in 2019
YUP, Donald Trash knew about CV MONTHS & MONTHS AGO. Trump PREVENTED testing for months.
U.S. 4314 cases..75 Dead
— ImprisonDonaldTrash (@ImprisonTrash) March 16, 2020
You got the National Institute of Health and Dr. Fauci practically screaming PREVENTION. The fact that Trump took his sweet time plainly illustrates his lack of empathy and ability to see outside of his silo of privilege. #HesGotToGo
— IRViNA ALi (@irvinaali) March 16, 2020
— Gr3y3d0ut (@AnthonyCruz69) March 16, 2020
The first US case was confirmed on 1/20. Nearly 2 months ago.
— Bethany ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@smartsassylib) March 16, 2020
China informed the WHO about a novel respiratory virus on Dec 31, 2019
— Jason McDevitt (@jasonmcdevitt) March 16, 2020