Trump Gives Himself ’10 Out Of 10′ On His Response To Coronavirus

Speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump, discussing his response to how he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic so far, gave himself a perfect score.

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A reporter at the White House, wearing gloves to avoid spreading germs, asked Trump what kind of rating he’d give himself with regards to the crisis.

“I’d rate it a 10, I think we’ve done a great job,” Trump said, indicating he was giving himself and his administration the highest score possible.

Trump made the announcement on the same afternoon he also suggested new guidelines on how people should avoid large groups or gatherings in public, stating that Americans should stay away from situations that would see themselves involved with others, when the total number involved would be 10 or greater.

The president also stated that the threat of coronavirus could last into the summer, into July or even August.

On that last point, Trump deserves to lose at least few points from his “perfect” score. The president stated just a couple of weeks ago that, when only a few dozen cases existed in the United States, that there was nothing to worry over because, as he put it, those few cases would be “down to close to zero” within a matter of days.

Trump’s nonchalant attitude about coronavirus indicated that he didn’t take the virus serious from the start. At many points, he indicated that the United States was in “great shape,” including saying as much as 10 days ago.

In addition to those statements that gave a false impression about how things were going, the Trump administration failed to provide an adequate amount of testing kits throughout the country — meaning, there could be more cases of coronavirus that are unidentified, that have yet to be addressed, a dangerous situation in the country for what should be obvious reasons.

Trump’s inability to address the effects of how coronavirus is hitting the market is also worth docking him a few points from his “perfect” score so far. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 3,000 points on its own on Monday, the worst performance its seen in three decades.

10 out of 10? That’s a very generous grade — but considering it’s assessing how Trump did, from Trump himself, it’s not too surprising.

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