As He Leaves Walter Reed, A Look Back at Trump Statements About Coronavirus
As the number of U.S. and worldwide coronavirus cases and deaths continued its inexorable climb throughout 2020, Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that success was just around the corner, that his administration had everything under control and it was doing a terrific job in confronting the pandemic.
Now, as the COVID-19 positive Trump is set to return to the White House after receiving treatment for the disease at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, it might be worth looking back at some of his statements over the preceding 10 months to gain some perspective.
Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
Feb. 22: “A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape, though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”
March 10: “We’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
March 11: 1,000 cases, 30 deaths in the United States from COVID-19
April 5: “We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. And hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, we’ll be very proud of the job we all did.”
April 6: 10,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19
May 11: “Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere. Big progress being made!”
May 27: 100,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19
July 1: “I think we are going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that, at some point, that’s going to sort of just disappear.”
July 29: 150,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19
Aug. 31: “Our numbers are excellent, really really good, and hopefully, we’re rounding the final turn on that disaster given to us by China.”
Sept. 10: “I really do believe we’re rounding the corner. … We’re rounding the final turn.”
Sept. 19: 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States
Oct. 1: “The end of the pandemic is in sight.”
Oct. 2: Trump announces he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Oct. 5: “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Oct. 5: 210,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19