Donald Trump went so far as to say that “the problem is very small in this country.” (Ken Cedeno / POOL)
By Lew Serviss and Azi Paybarah
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced in the early hours of Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19. His contagion came after minimizing, since the beginning of the year, the impact that the coronavirus would have in the United States, which adds more than 209,000 deaths from the disease.
The following is a collection of quotes from Trump about the coronavirus.
When asked by a CNBC reporter about whether there were “concerns about a pandemic,” President Donald Trump responded:
“Not at all. We have it totally under control. He is a person who comes from China, and we have him under control. Everything will be fine”.
During a speech in Warren, Michigan, he said:
“Right now, the problem is very small in this country… there are five. And all those people are recovering satisfactorily. “
Addressing the National Border Patrol Council, he said:
“There is a theory that, in April, when the temperature is warm… historically, that has managed to kill the virus. So we don't know yet, we're not sure yet. “
In a tweet, he wrote:
“The coronavirus is totally under control in the United States. We are in contact with each and every relevant nation. The CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the World Health Organization have been working hard and shrewdly. The stock market is starting to look very good in my opinion! “
26 of February
At a press conference at the White House, referring to the first reported cases in the United States, he commented:
“Very soon we will have only five cases. And we could have just one person or two for the next short time. So we have had very good luck ”.
26 of February
Accompanied by senior health officials from various government agencies, he mentioned:
“The risk to the American people remains very low. We have the best experts in the world, really, right here. “
During a meeting at the White House, he stated:
“It is going away. One day – like a miracle – it will disappear ”.
Speaking to reporters, he said:
“There is only one source of infection, and it is really in a very … place in a nursing home, as you know, in a nursing home.”
7 of March
When asked in Mar-a-Lago about whether he was concerned that the virus was getting closer to the White House and Washington, he said:
“No, I'm not worried at all. No I'm not. No, we have done a great job ”.
In the White House press room, he noted:
“So it could be right around that period where, I mean, pass… pass quickly. Other people don't like that term. But in the one that happens quickly ”.
When asked about whether the use of a mask could prevent transmission, he said:
“We haven't commented on it, but we could. We are getting the number of masks they need ”.
In a speech at the White House, he commented:
“The CDC recommends the use of cloth non-medical face shields as a voluntary public health measure. So it is voluntary. They don't have to. They suggest it for a period. But this is voluntary. Personally, I don't think I'm going to do it. “
“I just don't want to. I don't know, someone sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful Resolute desk, the big Resolute desk. I think what it would be like to wear a mask when I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens. I don't know, somehow, I don't feel like it's for me. I just don't think so. “
On a tour of a Ford plant, he stated:
I “used a” —a mask— “in the back area. I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. “
To Fox News host Chris Wallace he specified:
“I do not agree with the assertion that if we all wear a mask, everything disappears.”
In a speech at the White House, he stated:
“My administration has a different approach: we have encouraged Americans to wear masks. And I emphasized that it is a patriotic action. Maybe they're great and maybe they're just good. Maybe they are not so good. “
When asking a reporter to remove his mask while asking a question, he mentioned:
“If you don't take it off, you won't be well understood.”