While Pres. Trump has found ways to bend the mechanics of the federal government to his will in the past, he is coming up against the reality that pandemics don’t operate on political timelines.
Eager to move past the health and economic crises created by the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump is reinventing his political playbook as he seeks reelection.Easter Sunday timeline to “reopen” the country, or at least large sections of it, for 'normal' business -- despite health experts warning there is no evidence the virus's spread will have abated by then. President Donald Trump takes a question during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House, on March 20, 2020, in Washington. President Donald Trump takes a question during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House, on March 20, 2020, in Washington. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images "I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” the president declared Tuesday. “I just thought it was a beautiful time. It would be a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline. It’s a great day." Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis. But while the president has found ways to bend the mechanics of the federal government to his will in the past, the president is coming up against the reality that pandemics don’t operate on political timelines. MORE: Coronavirus government response updates: Mnuchin says jobless claims report 'not relevant' in the short-term "You've got to understand that you don't make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, said on CNN Wednesday night. Fauci said the president’s health adviser had a conversation with the president Tuesday and explained the need to be “really very flexible.” “You can look at a date, but you got to be very flexible. And on a literally day-by-day and week-by-week basis, you need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,” Fauci said. The president has since moderated his Easter goal somewhat, now saying there will be a “recommendation” by or before Easter. A sign is seen in the window of a clothing store closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2020. A sign is seen in the window of a clothing store closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2020. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images Even as the president pledges to listen to his health experts, he is listening to his economic advisers in the other ear, while keeping eye on the instability in the stock market and the record-breaking 3.2 million weekly jobless claims reported Thursday. The tug-of-war between the public health and economic concerns was on display in Wednesday’s press briefing, with the president following up on a promise not to “do anything rash or hastily” by expressing concern at the shuttered state of the economy. “But the country wants to get back to work,” Trump said. “Our country was built to get back to work. We don't have the -- a country where they say, ‘Hey, let's close it down for two years.; We can’t do that. It's not our country.” MORE: Coronavirus government response updates: Trump says 'large sections' of US could get back to 'normal' The president has struggled to apply his usual political playbook to a pandemic immune to his typical name-calling and attempts to distract. Instead, he has tried to paint himself as the hero who wants Americans to return to work and the media as the evil force trying to prevent the economy from thriving. "The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success," he tweeted on Wednesday."The real people want to get back to work ASAP." President Donald Trump debates with NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander during a news briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. at the White House, March 20, 2020, in Washington. Trump called NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander a “terrible reporter” during the news briefing for asking what he would say to Americans who are scared about the coronavirus. President Donald Trump debates with NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander during a news briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. at the White House, March 20, 2020, in Washington. Trump called NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander a “terrible reporter” during the news briefing for asking what he would say to Americans who are scared about the coronavirus. Alex Wong/Getty Images In reality, governors and local officials nationwide have called the shots, closing schools, non-essential businesses and more for weeks despite Trump signaling his opposition to a longer-term shutdown. With campaign rallies cancelled and social distancing in force, the president has not left the White House in 16 days, other than a brief visit to the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week. MORE: Isolated in Italy amid coronavirus concerns, Newt Gingrich says he's 'moderately optimistic' about US response To fill the void and to stay in the spotlight, Trump has appeared before the press every day for the last two weeks, almost every time in the White House briefing room. Surrounded by obsequious deputies and often uncomfortable-looking public health experts, the president has turned the lengthy news conferences into rallies of a sort. While the medical experts do participate, the president takes center stage to spar with reporters, lob insults and make evidence-challenged claims. But with critics saying he is spreading misinformation and being overtly political, some television networks have stopped airing the entire briefings live, leading the White House to vent publicly. ABC News' Karen Travers contributed to this report. What to know about coronavirus: How it started and how to protect yourself: Read more: ABC News
And what exactly have the DEMwits done? He’s doing a great job and CNN can’t get over it! Trump has fumbled his way through the last 3 years, denying all obvious indicators! He lies, denies, belittles just to stay on top. Who would have predicted that a “bug” could take him down Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Rick Scott of Florida — Remember these men.. They do not care if 360 million fellow Americans starve to death REMEMBER THEIR VOTES DURING THIS CRISIS...
Nasty. Unnecessary. Fueled by POTUS ENVY and hate. Why else would you bother with such a lede. Whatever will you do should POTUS realDonaldTrump's timeline hopefullness actually come true? Sadbunchofdudes nytimes CBS KeithOlbermann Just a observation, did any one was notified about the change to the White House podium emblem? Any one. maggieNYT kylegriffin1 mommamia1217 donlemon maddow AC360
KeithOlbermann TRUMP IS A MONSTER. KeithOlbermann If he sends people back to work in a month or two, I don't think anyone's going. NicolleDWallace maddow Trumps Press Briefing are a waste of time. Disinformation lies just like his campaign rallies. If Dr Birx is doubting what Cuomo is saying about the ventilators she should put on scrubs and go visit. Do not fall into the Trump Abyss it never works out
IOC president defends delay on postponing Olympics, seems to cite Trump in reasoningIOC president Thomas Bach also did not rule out the possibility that the Tokyo Olympics could be held in the spring of 2021 – or that they could be postponed beyond 2021, or canceled altogether.
This an opinion piece, not a fact piece, and should be labeled as such. Yep! Don’t expect the SHOWMAN-IN-CHIEF to ever learn. Remember He lives with ALTERNATIVE FACTS in his own DERANGED MIND, he has a profound aversion for the TRUTH. He had proven that he is Not CAPABLE TO MAKE the DIFFERENCE between REALITY TV and the Reality of Governing.
Yeah and the seasonal flu doesn't freak people out but kills 12k-61k every year. We never shut our economy down for that. This Coronavirus isn't even close to that. Maybe it will, but it has a long way to go to get there. Fake news as always! should be held accountable. Corrupt Hillary has had this station in her corner since Trump took office.
The media can’t control him like they did Emperor Obama and they can’t stand it. ways to bend the mechanics ----- you mean lie about. How much more anti American can you get? You suck abc. He said he is relying on the EXPERTS Brix said today that they owe it to the President to get the data and recommendations together. Pence said this weekend the new guidelines would come out. Hoping for Easter is not a Demand regardless of science and data
Trump administration to designate Venezuela as state sponsor of terrorism and charge President Maduro, sources sayThe Trump administration is expected to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism as soon as Thursday and bring charges against the country's president, Nicolás Maduro, according to five sources familiar with the situation, in a momentous move that will mark a modern low point in relations between the US and the ailing socialist state. The US is just not good at this 'fighting a pandemic' thing at all, is it? Sheesh... As it should!
Economy can't recover while people's friends and family are dying. We need to help our people first. Wrong angle. In the past trump could just paint everything as a shadow attempt to stop him from doing the people’s will. Kind of hard to believe it’s all a hoax with dead body’s on the news. realDonaldTrump thinks COVID 19 is competition, he is trying to get more positive cases
He ain’t moving past this anytime soon. realDonaldTrump TrumpLiedPeopleDied Oh do be quiet 🤫🙄🙄🙄🙄 Lol.. your propaganda is weak Trump why irus? Hateful liberal media! FakeNews FearMongering
Trump administration targets Venezuela's President and other top officialsThe Justice Department announced narco-terrorism and other criminal charges against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and senior leaders from his government on Thursday, in a move marking a modern low point in relations between the US and the ailing socialist state. Sergei Lavrov. Russian Foreign Minister. Feb 6th 2020 in Mexico. Press conference “..we agree that,all the attempts to reanimate any of the colonial doctrines like the Monroe doctrine and returning to the so called ‘color revolutions’ can lead to a lot of tension and upheaval..” 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤣🤣🤣🤣 Wéstern
Good luck America Tough!!🇺🇸🇺🇸
Defense Production Act could help amid coronavirus, even as President Trump resists: expertsPresident Donald Trump's continued resistance to use his emergency powers to compel companies to produce medical supplies needed in the fight against the novel coronavirus has drawn a bipartisan chorus of criticism. MORE: Trump signed the Defense Production Act 'in case we need it.' Trump
Trump says he will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping tonightThe novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spread worldwide, sending countries into lockdown with millions under movement restrictions. Follow here for live updates Calling him the 'Chinese' President is deeply racist. Shame on CNN. 🤬 LORD HELP US. Maybe if you talked collaboratively with him and with a teensy spot of respect, he might share with you what they've learned since the U.S is already outpacing China and Italy in this
Trump adviser claims president was first leader to restrict travel from China due to coronavirus, but North Korea and Italy did earlier'President Trump was the first world leader to take definitive action early,' Peter Navarro said. Who gives a fuck? That was weeks ago? What is the fucking plan now!? More lies Liar Liar