President Donald Trump on Wednesday got slammed on Twitter for praising his administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, as health officials raise alarms about the virus’s spread and the White House faces heightened scrutiny over its response.
Upon his return from his trip to India, Trump tweeted that his administration is “doing a great job with respect to Coronavirus.”
The tweet comes a day after health officials contradicted the president and voice urgent warnings about the coronavirus, a deadly disease that has infected more than 80,000 people across more than 40 countries.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, warned on Tuesday that Americans should brace for impact as the novel coronavirus is likely to spread across the country.
“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,” she said. “Disruption to everyday life might be severe.”
The developments arrived as the stock market suffered its second-consecutive day of steep losses, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 800 points, or about 2.9 percent. The U.S. stock market suffered its worst losses in more than two years just the day before, wiping out all previous gains made in 2020.
The Trump administration on Monday said that it would request $2.5 billion in emergency funding to address the virus. Lawmakers from both parties have labeled the request insufficient and one that wouldn’t protect Americans. House Democrats said they would draft their own funding request for a response.
The U.S. has reported 53 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more cases are expected to be confirmed.
Trump, however, has continued to maintain that the virus is “under control” in the U.S.
Just landed. India was great, trip very successful. Heading to the White House. Meetings and calls scheduled today. @CDCgov, @SecAzar and all doing a great job with respect to Coronavirus! Briefing this afternoon.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2020
Twitter users were not having it.
Welcome back… you're still impeached.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) February 26, 2020
Trump has no idea how to lead anything pic.twitter.com/u4fDNz05zs
— whamish2.0 (@wisconsinvotes1) February 26, 2020
Cutting funding for scientific projects so you can give rich people trillions of dollars they don’t need hasn’t worked out as well as you’d hoped.
Your ‘presidency’ has been a shitshow from the moment you entered the Oval Office.
— Jay Lionel (@JayLionel7) February 26, 2020
science-denying buffoon completely in over his head says what
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 26, 2020
"Just landed. India was great, couldn't find any Big Macs. Heading to the White House. Lots of TV-Watching scheduled today (and Big Macs!) I have no idea what we're doing with respect to Coronavirus! Big Macs this afternoon."
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) February 26, 2020
Work. What you’re supposed to do. There’s no need for you to announce it as if you’re looking for a pat on the back.
— Jodie Moss (@JodieMoss76) February 26, 2020
Let’s check the stock market shall we? Oh yes, it dropped 0ver 1,900 points in 2 days. You should follow your own advice “market drops 1,000 points in- day the president should resign or taken out”!!
— Anne Millard🌊🌊🌊 (@johannamillard) February 26, 2020
Did you know Trump admin over last two years has cut funding that could've prevented or at least slowed the spread of the #coronavirus. Instead he wanted $ to build his wall- a wall that he promised Mexico was supposed to pay for! https://t.co/XvZ14ELBc6
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 26, 2020