Trump says keeping US Covid-19 deaths to 100,000 would be a ‘very good job’
President extends social distancing rules to 30 April, saying open for Easter plans were only ‘aspirational’
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, the US president claimed that, if his administration keeps the death toll to 100,000, it will have done “a very good job” – a startling shift from his optimistic predictions of a few days ago when he said he hoped to restart the economy by Easter.
Trump also undermined his plea for unity by uttering falsehoods, verbally abusing reporters and making incendiary allegations that implied health care workers were stealing masks, without providing evidence.The extended deadline marked a humiliating retreat for the president who, having squandered six precious weeks at the start of the pandemic, more recently complained that the cure is worse than the problem and floated Easter Sunday as a “beautiful timeline” for reopening big swathes of the country.
On Sunday he claimed this had only been “aspirational” as his advisers urged him not to move too hastily. He announced the initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government, which was due to expire on Monday, would be extended to 30 April, and said he hoped normality might return by 1 June.
The guidelines recommend against big group gatherings and urge older people and anyone with existing health problems to stay at home. People were also urged to work at home when possible and avoid restaurants, bars, non-essential travel and shopping trips.
“The modelling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” Trump told reporters, with the toll already at more than 2,400. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of all.”
He added: “We can expect by June 1st we will be well on our way to recovery.”The shift came as the full horror of the pandemic appeared to dawn on a president who long downplayed it. Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said the US could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections. Fauci praised the extension as a “wise and prudent” decision.
Trump cited projection models that said potentially 2.2 million people or more could have died had the country tried to “wing it” and not put social distancing measures in place. “I kept asking and we did models,” he said. “These are 2.2 million people would have died.
“And so, if we could hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 – it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000 – we altogether have done a very good job.”Trump also appeared to have been rattled by scenes at Elmhurst Hospital where he grew up in Queens, New York. “I’ve been watching that for the last week on television,” he said. “Body bags all over, in hallways.”
“I’ve been watching them bring in trailer trucks, freezer trucks, they’re freezer trucks, because they can’t handle the bodies, there are so many of them. This is essentially in my community, in Queens; Queens, New York. I’ve seen things that I’ve never seen before.”
Trump had minimised the threat of the coronavirus for weeks and ignored the pleas of his health secretary to investing in testing kits and breathing apparatus. The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, told CNN’s State of the Union this attitude had cost American lives. “The president, his denial at the beginning, was deadly,” she said.
Trump has long been criticised for refusing to own up to his own mistakes and shifting blame to others. In another lengthy, abrasive press conference, he pushed a conspiracy theory speculating that hospital staff may be stealing N95 masks and selling them on the black market.
The current demand does not square with what hospitals usually use, he told reporters. “It’s a New York hospital, very – it’s packed all the time. How do you go from 10 to 20 [thousand masks per week] to 300,000? Ten [thousand] to 20,000 masks, to 300,000 – even though this is different? Something is going on, and you ought to look into it as reporters. Are they going out the back door?”
He added: “How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000? And we have that in a lot of different places. So somebody should probably look into that, because I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to go from that to that.”When a reporter asked the president to clarify, he asked for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to investigate, adding: “I don’t think it’s hoarding. I think it’s maybe worse than hoarding.”
The comments provoked widespread outrage. Joe Kennedy III, a Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, tweeted: “We need supplies. We need masks. Our frontlines are suffering. Suggesting otherwise is disgusting.”Joe Biden, the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said: “This is ridiculous and completely false. Today’s conspiracy mongering from our president is among the most reckless and ignorant moves he has made during this crisis, and there have been many. Lives hang in the balance.”
As in previous briefings all week, the president picked fights with individual reporters including Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter at PBS NewsHour who is a woman of colour.When Alcindor questioned him about comments he made during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity that suggested state governors were making exaggerated demands, Trump retorted: “Why don’t you act in a little more positive? ... It’s always get ya, get ya, get ya. You know what? That’s why nobody trusts the media anymore.”
He added: “Look, let me tell you something, be nice. Don’t be threatening. Be nice.” Read more: The Guardian »
Imbecile. Yesterday he was saying it would all be fine by Easter. His 2 second attention span clearly helps him to forget his own recent stupidities. God help the US. What a tragedy for that great country that this fool is in charge. He's lethally dangerous. Trump hedged a bit on that claim ... 'If we can hold that down as we're saying, to 100,000, it's a horrible number. Maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job.' Press Conference March 29
Wonder if he or his supporters were part of that number would their families think he’d done a good job. Think he needs facts in that you die alone. Totally great job. Best president in the universe. But, but...I thought this was all a big hoax Donnie! And also that we were going to top out at 15. Man...it must be hard winning so much
Trying to convince people he's doing a great job... To get re-elected.! Because that's all this halfwit has in mind right now 🤮 Including himself..? Only if one of them were your child. Trump knew weeks ago that London modelling foresaw 2.2 million deaths in US (550k in the UK) if the virus was not checked. Now he speaks as the saviour who will save American lives against the prediction he ignored/denied for a long while & pretends is a recent figure.
Corporate America!!! Jai ho As long as he's one of those. omg The most stupid president in the history of America... Only if he's part of them, yeah it could be à good deal ! Didn’t realise he could count that high ReallY? To some it will just be a statistic. KyivPost Think how many patients would have survived if Trump had used the Defense Production Act weeks ago, when he was told by the medical community that people were unnecessarily dying due to a lack of supplies such as ventilators.
Ridiculous comments... He’s talking about HUMAN deaths...? Boris: If 20k die we will be doing well ( No fuss ) Trump: If 100k die we will be doing well ( 'How very dare he!' ) Every time a UK pol says something unconscionable, Trump says something that erases it in our media. COVIDIOTS Did you expect the big ego ever say 'I did a bad job!' of course he is always right and the only thing he cares about is himself and his big ego! The support he gets shows the pandemic of stupidity!
Why is this guy always promoting conspiracies and roasting the media? Because that creates insecurity in the public and fosters the idea they're being lied to all the time. Oh, wait, that's precisely what he wants! Throw the towel in? we all heard him say aspirational, but i think it would be better if he'd just stick to the facts besides, who'd want aspiration from the person who created Trump university
AnaglogsDaughtr Yes a job well done more like bumping innocent people off to keep the worlds population down disgusting it is So many deaths just due to a hoax, Mr President! If only we were socially distanced from him, forever AnaglogsDaughtr Last time I listened to him, he was talking in numbers of 2-15 and it would all be cleared up in a matter of days, (miraculously) this clown is seriously deranged and should be removed asap if COVID 19 doesn't do a job on him. He is a danger to the world.
Thought it was all a hoax He believed it a hoax in February. His WH quack pastor friends said the US was saved from it because of having Trumpet as President. FFS. He cut the staff and Snr team of the NSA bio-contagion team. He has held the US back. He has enabled this... The Flu epidemic of 2018 took the lives of 80,000 Americans. Not one lockdown was (even selectively) implemented.
.and the U.K. said the same about 20’000 here No more death would be better Tf man RemindMe_OfThis in 3 months I just have no words to describe this person...even with all those people dying he still will have done a great job to make America great again... This is what you get when shows like the apprentice are popular.
realDonaldTrump really? What a horrible horrible man. More proof of zero empathy 😳 You know what would’ve been a better job keeping it at 15 like you originally said. Hang on, didn't he say it would go away all by itself in April? That's a hell of a lot of deaths between now and Wednesday.... number of death can be altered, so technically speaking, the trump administration will surely do a 'very good job'
Frightening lack of Social Distancing seen at Donald Trump's briefings. sampurnrajP Of course, the 'collateral damage' bullshit rethoric. It's always refreshing. Even one life succumbing to the disease is sad. But compared to 2.1 million deaths predicted earlier, 100000 deaths would indicate that 2 million people would have been saved. But then guardian and its readership possess to different level of intellectual integrity.
Only if one of the 100000 is this guy and not really American assalam alikum Understand the destruction is being done with u. Creation of virus in US in 2006, rights with Israel, funded by gates foundation, vaccination in UK in 2013/14. Traveling through air Canada, again rights with Israel. Platform jhones Hopkins hospital.
Sociopath Good job, great job, amazing , terrific, tremendous. Trump's dictionary ends here. American Psycho Disgusting. Embarrassed for the country! verodago realDonaldTrump GOPChairwoman What happen to 10-15 cases? TrumpLiesAmericansDie What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Fatality Rate Beyond shameful, the president of USA is okay with 100k Americans dying because of his stupidity and lack of planning
Why does anyone listen to him anymore forcemultstevea Partially surrendered, sigh KyivPost Thanks USA from Ukraine. Didn’t he say this was gonna miraculously disappear by spring?! 🤔 I am still waiting for that to happen. Volunteer then? I promise we'll say you did a great job! Unbelievable! A out of his control, and making sure it doesn't get any higher is a good thing. The only reporters 'attacked' asked ridiculous questions! I watched the news briefing as did many Americans, so don't lie!
Wow, that's not what he said. Why do you take things out of context? This doesn't benefit anyone on the left or right. We're in a pandemic, and you feed your public, who believe every word you guys say as facts, a bunch of distorted word. Hint, that will the final number this Administration uses. Wow!!! So much ppl you want out of the land?
It was 15 sick and falling last month. Narcissist. Profit before people. Capitalism at it's best. Disgusting. A Chinese saying：Funeral is held like a wedding 丧事当喜事办 MAGA MAGA2020 Actually not that much,I think the death may be about 20,000 to 30,000,Trump just want to set a psychological expectation!Stay at home and keep distance,then mask,mask,mask… That will help!
Well if Dr. Doomsday (Fauci) says 2 Million, 100,000 is definitely better. Still don’t believe it’s going to happen. So, let me get this straight, if we lose more ppl to Coronavirus than we lost in the Vietnam War, he did a good job. GTFOH!!!! I am far from a fan of Trump, but this is a shockingly biased article. Why not just report the facts without colouring them with your own questionable narrative?
Wow went from wash your hands to 100,000 deaths would be good. Oh God, please spare those 100,000 in exchange for Dotard TraitorTrump & his TrumpCrimeFamily 😤😡😠 Trump is a big idiot IDIOT idiot IDIOT People should not just utter words bcs they can move their mouth. He loves to congratulate himself. The least empathetic person on Earth! Is there such an award?
Why a top politician can say so silly words? How ever many it is, it’s going to be a lot more that it would have been if Trump hadn’t lied that it was a hoax. One can imagine the seriousness of this disease after reading this StayHomeStaySafe 2019nCoV COVID2019india Of course it would be. He also said he wished it could be zero and we’re working hard to keep it as low as possible. Getting foolish critiques by people who’ve never had real responsibility over the lives of others is infuriating.
Who the f cares what realDonaldTrump says? Can we please just hear from smart people? Isn't this the same person who said only a handful were going to die and it was all a hoax? Don't bother. It's a rhetorical question. LandeckH Whaaaaat? Are you sick man! Good job. realDonaldTrump Awful, sick human He also never “verbally abuse” reporters, the reporters intentionally quoted him wrong, and he defended himself by reiterating what he said that’s all. SmithInAmerica You should know better, you were there.
Impeachment didn’t curtail this unstable, dangerous menace. It’s time for a much-needed public health intervention to quarantine Trump. His erratic, illogical behaviour is now literally putting the lives of millions of people around the world at increased risk. Covid_19 And he still has people who worship him... I don’t get it.
Wow this article is bad, Trump never said healthcare workers were “Stealing Masks” he said there was a high consumption of them, the reason for him saying that is because typical hospitals use around 10,000 to 20,000 masks but some are using 300,000+ masks which is ridiculous Leave it to Trump to think that he would be doing a good job by letting an entire football stadium full of people die.
What!!!! A hoax that kills 100,000 people?That should be over by Easter? Or an ignorant president who’s just making this up as he goes along? I sincerely doubt, to say the least, that this metric of success will be appreciated by his Creator, when the time comes for the OrangeHead to face him! 人话 O M G I don't think that he can keep it to 100,000 deaths. I think he acted too late.
A very good job of ending his presidency Canada 🇨🇦 has 10,000 cases look at the difference in population! IdiotNumber1 in da house! White House that is! Basically, corona virus is a good test of democracy in real terms.. So says the leader of the Branch COVIDians Shit Did you talk? It's all about expectations, politically speaking.
Obama😷 '...manufacturers of personal protective equipment in mid-2009 urged “immediate action” to restock N95 masks. The International Safety Equipment Association warned of “significant shortages” if another pandemic caused demand for masks to surge.' Impeachment didn’t curtail this dangerous moron. Can someone initiate a much-needed public health initiative and quarantine Trump. His erratic and illogical behaviour is a now literally putting the lives of millions of people around the world at increased risk.
Not surprising. He has been there before 'cause moral bankruptcy of letting down people precedes financial when it happens again and again. The surprising part is the casual GOP acceptance of that price presuming the virus would choose only the ones who do not vote for Trump. Trump is a denialist on both Climate Change and Coronavirus, who listens to this crap?
that's quite a lot of deaths for a hoax No. It wouldn’t. this guy is worse than the virus for American people Guardian, why are you keep publishing headlines & articles that’s controversial. That’s pitching one USA political party against another. Sounds like 🇨🇳 Regime pumping out articles to destroy USA’s unity. USA Unite, save your 🇺🇸. Politics divide, save lives together.
This is called spin. He does it with every breathe. It’s the real reason we are in this situation now, and he continues to make it worse. “I like the numbers being where they are” Trumpdemic NotDying4WallStreet Friendly reminder that if Trump had responded to this when he was first briefed on it in mid January, we would barely have any deaths. Yet he chose not to. The only reason it's not 2.3million is the local officials did lockdowns. So no... This is not a 'good job.'
😂😂😂😂 The Pol Pot management style. Can we make it 100,001 and include him? Trump said he will call former Presidents when he thinks they can help. Maybe the time has come. Trump mocked Obama on March 13 because of 13,000 H1N1 deaths. Maybe Obama can help Trump keep the total from reaching 100,000 this time.
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM AN IDIOT! I know Guardian readers aren't known for their intelligence or rational thought. But comparatively 100,000 deaths is better than 2,000,000. Therefore 100,000 deaths would be a very good job. This guy has diarrhea of the mouth My God, this man... Indeed. Especially if a large number of those who succumb to the Wuhan virus are politicians and bureaucrats. Would be outstanding!
So he assumed that 100K american people will die in this pandemic! what are the american people in his eyes? just numbers? If 90k american people die at the end, would he think he sved 10K people? would he think he is a life saver! Two weeks ago Trump practically gloated about 13,000 people dying from swine flu during the Obama era as proof that Obama and Biden were incompetent. I am no genius, but 13,000 100,000.
Get the economy keep moving forward He said it was a hoax only weeks ago. psycho And what would the number be with an excellent job? Succumbed & subdued by corona alas Natural born killer... 2+ million deaths is more likely under Trump’s incompetence. will someone in his family die in this number? It's crystal clear the media is all about further dividing an already divided country. That is the narrative China wants, so that is the narrative China gets. Trump2020 MAGA FakeNews
Get this muppet out !!! He's right Yeah it would. We were predicting 2.1 million at the start. One wonders if he was one of that 100 000 if he would still feel the same way I miss the days when he was altering weather maps with sharpies and claimed windmills cause cancer.
Coronavirus: Donald Trump says US COVID-19 deaths likely to peak in two weeksDr Anthony Fauci, a leading figure in Mr Trump's coronavirus task force, warns the outbreak could kill up to 200,000 Americans. How long will they be peaked? A month? 2 months? The Best is yet to Come TRUMP 2Q2Q He the president ffs give him some respect you morons and call him by his proper title Nothing can stop!! what's coming!! The mockingbird will mock no more!! WWG1WGA
US coronavirus death rate 'likely to peak in two weeks', says Trump Donald Trump has announced emergency measures taken to counter coronavirus will remain in place at least until the end of April, as experts expect a peak in deaths over the next two weeks. More Translation: 2 months Unable to read maps, it may peak in some areas while also spreading to others because of.... a lot of reasons Lie.
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