Trump delivered an opening statement and then took questions for almost an hour. And as he did, the president went into a wide range of topics, even as he drew the truth to the breaking point.
I went through the entire printout; The lines you need to see are below.
1. "We have through some very good, early decisions, decisions that were ridiculed in the beginning, we closed the boundaries of flights coming in from certain areas, areas that were affected by coronavirus and hit quite hard."
The most important thing about the coronavirus – and what Americans need to know and do about it – is apparently that Trump was right about it from the start, though some ridiculed him. And away we go!
2. "Many people thought we shouldn't have done it so early, and we did, and it turned out to be a very good thing."
Again: Trump wants you to know that he was right. Others were wrong. This is very important.
3. "Because of all we have done, the risk to the American people is still very low."
4. "We are ready to adapt, and we are ready to do what we have to do when the disease spreads, if it spreads."
5. "We started by looking at certain things, and we have worked with the ground very, very carefully, very strongly."
"Do you look at certain things," you say? Verrrry exciting. (Note the bene: Trump is almost certainly working on a prepared statement here.)
6. "And I think we have very good bipartisan money."
"Bipartisan Spirit for Money" will be the title of my memoirs.
7. "And again, we've had tremendous success – tremendous success beyond what people thought."
The assumption here is that people had thoughts on how the United States would cope with coronavirus. And that we have far exceeded expectations. Something strange.
8. "A case where we think we can be – it's something reliable, it seems to have become quite a bit smaller."
9. "The vaccine comes in handy. And when we talk to the doctors, we think this is something we can develop fairly quickly, a vaccine for the future and coordinate with the support of our partners."
10. "But we are very, very clear on this, for whatever it is going to be an outbreak of larger proportions or whether we are – or you know we are at the very low level."
[nods head very slowly]
11. "John & # 39; s Hopkins I suppose is a highly respected great place. They did one – one – study, comprehensive. The countries that are best and worst prepared for an epidemic. And the US is now – we & # 39; is rated number one. "
Boom! We are # 1! We are # 1!
12. "He is very good and I think – and he is really very expert in the field."
13. "I don't think it's inevitable. It probably will. It can be. It can be on a very small level, or it can be on a larger level."
14. "I'm the President of the United States. I'm not the President of other countries."
Fact check: True!
15. "I'm going to meetings pretty much depending on what they want to do and what message we want to get out."
16. "But we have done an extraordinary job. When you look at a country of this size with so many people pouring in, we are the world's number one for those who come far into a country."
Again, Trump wants the big takeaway here to be that he does a fantastic job – whether the coronavirus is spreading widely in the United States or not.
17. "I think they look at the people you saw at debates last night, and they say that if there is even a possibility that could happen, I think it really takes a hit because of it."
18. "So you know, my attitude, if Congress wants to give us the money so easily – it wasn't very easy for the wall, but we got it done."
19. "And again, when you have 15 and 15 in a couple of days going to be close to zero, it's a pretty good job we've done."
One wonders if Trump has hurt himself with such aggressive backlash.
20. "I'm leading everyone, we're fine."
Yes, all this is checking out. Doing well!
21. "She's trying to cause panic, and there's no need to panic because we've done so well."
Only the President accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of trying to panic. Also worth noting: Trump thinks his administration has "done so well" in dealing with the corona virus.
22. "When I mentioned the flu, I said – actually I asked the different doctors, I said, is this just like the flu? Because people die from the flu. And this is very unusual."
23. "But we are so well under control. I mean, we really did a really good job."
Yes, I believe you can have mentioned it.
24. "I think the financial markets are very upset when they look at the Democratic candidates who stand on that stage and make fools out of themselves."
25. "It's a bit like the usual flu we have flu shots for. And we really want a flu shot for this in a pretty quick way."
[narrator voice] We will not.
26. "When someone sneezes – I mean, I try to bail as much as possible when it's sneezing."
27. "Ebola, you dissolved, especially in the beginning."
This is, um, not a medical definition of the effect of Ebola – just in case you were wondering.
28. "This is a flu. This is like a flu, and this is a much different situation than Ebola."
But you just said this is not the flu? Right?
29. "It would be very easy for me to say, you know – it doesn't matter what I say really."
So, yes, yes.
30. "There is a chance that it will not spread, and there is a chance that it will."
31. "So far we have done a good job."
This feels like a good place to stop.