President Donald Trump has been facing steep criticism over his chaotic handling of the Coronavirus crisis, but he’s largely refusing to take responsibility for his actions — as he himself put it, it’s worth noting. At a recent press conference, he said that he takes no responsibility at all for major lags in Coronavirus testing that have unfolded under his administration’s own watch. This Thursday morning, with an about-face as if none of the previous gaffes have unfolded, Trump announced he’d be having a special press conference this Thursday evening covering both a meeting of the G20 group of world leaders that had taken place that morning and a conference call that he had with governors.
‘I will be doing a News Conference live from the @WhiteHouse at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern) to discuss the mtg of the G20 Leaders that took place this morning at 7:55 A.M. by World Teleconference. Also, my 12:00 P.M. Teleconference call w/50 Governors, plus Territories, will be discussed.’
I will be doing a News Conference live from the @WhiteHouse at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern) to discuss the mtg of the G20 Leaders that took place this morning at 7:55 A.M. by World Teleconference. Also, my 12:00 P.M. Teleconference call w/50 Governors, plus Territories, will be discussed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2020
It’s worth noting that his administration has already reportedly upended a conference similar to the virtual G20 summit that he mentioned, which was convened specifically to discuss ways to combat the Coronavirus. Reportedly, those involved in the G7 group of world leaders declined to issue a joint statement about their own recent summit because Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wanted to call the Coronavirus the “Wuhan virus,” and none of the rest of the leaders would agree to that racist idea.
Wow. German media reports the G7 haven’t been able to agree on a joint statement on COVID-19 because of Pompeo’s insistence that it refer to it as the “Wuhan virus.”
The other countries “reject a label that suggests the pandemic is a Chinese problem” https://t.co/8QY83DZpFP
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) March 25, 2020
All of these developments are unfolding as Trump has begun clamoring to get the economy moving again, even as confirmed Coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S. climb sharply. Almost 80,000 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., along with well over 1,100 deaths, and in the absence of the social restrictions that have are currently in place, those numbers could climb even more sharply. Ahead of Trump’s press conference, a letter from the White House emerged outlining administration plans to issue new guidelines that might make exactly that happen.
The White House says it’s going publish new guidelines on maintaining, increasing, and relaxing social distancing.
Key point: counties will be designated as high, medium, and low risk.
But the White House is not suggesting that there be travel restrictions between counties. pic.twitter.com/Q0a7qFTYVe
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 26, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response below…