The world is sometimes an amazing place.
The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has been commenting regularly on Covid-19. Most of the comments below were put together by @StacyLoveLife on Twitter, and Harry Stevens and Shelly Tan of The Washington Post.
Because of them, we know that Mr Trump wins Blackwhite this month:
22 January 2020: We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming from China. It’s going to be just fine.
2 February 2020: We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.
24 February 2020: The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA…Stock market is starting to look very good to me!
25 February 2020: CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus
25 February 2020: 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.
26 February 2020: The 15 [cases in the United States] within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.
26 February 2020: We’re going very substantially down, not up.
27 February 2020: One day it’s like a miracle. It will disappear.
28 February 2020: 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.
2 March 2020: You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that there could have been an impact or much of an impact on corona?
2 March 2020: A lot of things are happening. A lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.
4 March 2020: If we 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.
5 March 2020: I never said people that are feeling sick should go to work.
5 March 2020: The United States…has, of now, only 129 cases…and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low are possible.
6 March 2020: I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down…a tremendous job at keeping it down.
6 March 2020: 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.
6 March 2020: 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.
6 March 2020: I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.
9 March 2020: We have a perfectly coordinated and fine-tuned plan at the White House for our attack on Coronavirus.
9 March 2020: This blindsided the world.
13 March 2020: No. I don’t take responsibility at all.
15 March 2020: This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.
17 March 2020: I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.
23 March 2020: America will again, and soon, be open for business—very soon—a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting.
24 March 2020: I’d love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.
26 March 2020: I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals sometimes they’ll have two ventilators, and now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’
29 March 2020: Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won.
31 March 2020: I don’t think I would’ve done any better had I not been impeached. I think that’s a great tribute to something. Maybe it’s a tribute to me.
4 April 2020: This will be probably the toughest week, between this week and next week, and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately.
4 April 2020: Think of it. We’re not going to churches on Palm Sunday. But think of next Sunday: Easter. And I brought it up before, I said, maybe we could allow a special for churches. Maybe we could talk about it. Maybe we could allow them with great separation outside on Easter Sunday. I don’t know, it’s something we should talk about. But somebody did say, ‘Well, then you’re sort of opening it up to …do we want to take a chance on doing that when we’ve been doing so well? But Easter Sunday! Palm Sunday, I’m going to be watching tomorrow live from Riverside, California – great church – but I’m going to be watching on a computer. On a laptop. I think on Easter maybe I’ll be watching on a laptop. How sad is it that we have Easter, Palm and Easter Sunday and people are watching on laptops and computers? It’s sad. But the job that this whole country has done is amazing.
4 April 2020: We are getting to that time where the numbers are going to peak and it is not going to be a good-looking situation. I really believe we’ve probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers. Maybe during the war, during a world war, a world war one or two or something.