Whereas advisers have pressed Mr. Trump to extra totally acknowledge the severity of the virus’s unfold, he once more supplied a dissonantly upbeat evaluation.
Mr. Trump declared “giant parts of our nation” to be “corona-free,” although no area in the USA is definitely freed from the virus. Whereas he famous concern over excessive case ranges in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, he mentioned: “That’s beginning to head down in the appropriate path. And I feel you’ll see it quickly head down very quickly.”
Nonetheless, a brand new federal report discovered that the variety of states with outbreaks severe sufficient to put them within the “crimson zone” has grown to 21. It known as for extra restrictions on social exercise. These states embrace those named by Mr. Trump, together with Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. All had greater than 100 new instances per 100,000 individuals up to now week.
The findings within the new report had been despatched to state officers by the White Home’s coronavirus activity drive and obtained by The New York Instances.
Mr. Trump reiterated that he had a “superb relationship” with Dr. Fauci whereas repeating his now routine grievance that Dr. Fauci had opposed his ban in January on most air journey from China into the USA. (Dr. Fauci initially doubted the concept however supported the ultimate determination.)
The president, who mentioned he was invoking the Protection Manufacturing Act for the 33rd time because the outbreak of the virus — this time to supply a $765 million mortgage to Kodak to provide prescription drugs, a part of a brand new effort to realize “American pharmaceutical independence” from China and different nations — insisted that he deserved extra credit score in relation to Dr. Fauci for his administration’s efforts to acquire extra ventilators and private protecting tools and to allow extra virus testing nationwide.
“He’s obtained this excessive approval score, so why don’t I’ve a excessive approval score with respect — and the administration — with respect to the virus?” Mr. Trump requested. “So it form of is curious.”