The Real Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Pandemic (2020)

These are very real quotes by the very real Donald J Trump regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic:
Jan 20:
"I know more about viruses than anyone."
Jan 22:
"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. It's going to be just fine."
Feb 2:
"We pretty much shut it down coming in from China."
Feb 24:
"The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA ... Stock Market starting to look very good to me!"
Feb 25:
"CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus."
Feb 25:
"I think that's a problem that's going to go away... They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we're very close to a vaccine."
Feb 26:
"The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero."
Feb 26:
"We're going very substantially down, not up."
Feb 27:
"One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear."
Feb 28:
"We're ordering a lot of supplies. We're ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn't be ordering unless it was something like this. But we're ordering a lot of different elements of medical."
Mar 2:
"You take a solid flu vaccine, you don't think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?"
Mar 2:
"A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they're happening very rapidly."
Mar 4:
"If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work -- some of them go to work, but they get better."
Mar 5:
"I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work."
Mar 5:
"The United States... has, as of now, only 129 cases... and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!"
Mar 6:
"I think we're doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down... a tremendous job at keeping it down."
Mar 6:
"Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They're there. And the tests are beautiful... . the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good."
Mar 6:
"I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it ... Every one of these doctors said, 'How do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president."
Mar 6:
"I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault."
Mar 8:
"We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus."
Mar 9:
"This blindsided the world."
Mar 13:
"National emergency, two big words."
Mar 13:
"I take no responsibility at all."

The following is an effort (AKA "spin") by a Trump supporter to defend Trump and his response to the pandemic, in response to the above list of quotes and facts. Perhaps these are also facts, but they do not reflect the same story as the actual quotes and intent of the President described above. In fact, the below may better reflect the actions of the CDC and other legitimate medical and scientific organizations, actions Trump reluctantly performed against his better judgement.
December 31:
China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.
January 6:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.
January 7:
The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
January 11:
The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.
January 17:
The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan - San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.
January 20:
Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
January 21:
The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.
January 23:
The CDC sought a "special emergency authorization" from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.
January 27:
The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.
January 29:
The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
January 31:
The Trump Administration:

Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.

Announced Chinese travel restrictions.

Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

January 31:
The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.
February 3:
The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus, but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.
February 4:
President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to "take all necessary steps" to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
February 6:
The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.
February 9:
The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors' Association Meeting in Washington.
February 11:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to "expedite the development" of a coronavirus vaccine.
February 12:
The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
February 12:
The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.
February 14:
The CDC began working with five labs to conduct "community-based influenza surveillance" to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.
February 18:
HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.
February 24:
The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
February 26:
President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration's containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.
February 29:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.
February 29:
The Trump Administration:

Announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea.

Barred all travel to Iran.

Barred the entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days.

March 3:
The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, "subject to doctor's orders.
March 3:
The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.
March 4:
The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
March 4:
Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.
March 6:
President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.

March 9:
President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.
March 10:
President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.

Last modified: Wed Apr 8 21:33:51 EDT 2020