President Donald Trump played a video during the White House Coronavirus Press Briefing on Monday that showed the media’s initial response to the coronavirus outbreak and highlighted his response to the outbreak and showed Democratic governors around the country praising the Trump administration for the work they did.
The video started out by showing someone on “Good Morning America” saying, “People should be more concerned right now with the flu in this country.”
“A lot of people are concerned about the coronavirus because they’re hearing a lot of news about it right now but the reality is comparing it to the flu for example, it’s not even close to being at that stage,” someone on NBC News said.
“Coronavirus is not going to cause a major issue in the United States,” someone on CBS News said.
The video then cut to a highlight reel that showcased the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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The video also showcased how the media even acknowledged that Trump was criticized for taking early action.
“As there were more cases, and it was clear that it was spreading out of China, where it originated the president took this move that he was widely criticized for, by Democrats and even some Republicans at the time, which was he halted a number of flights from China into the U.S.,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said in an audio clip featured in the video. “The idea was to halt the spread of the disease. Keep transmissions to a minimum. He was accused of xenophobia. He was accused of making a racist move. At the end of the day, it was probably effective, because did actually take a pretty aggressive measure against the spread of the virus.”
The video highlighted the following comments from governors across the country. Here are a few of the examples included in the video:
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D): “His team is on it. They’ve been responsive late at night, early in the morning and they’ve thus far been doing everything they can do and I want to say thank you and I want to say that I appreciate it.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom (D): “He returns calls. He reaches out, he’s been proactive. We could that Mercy ship down here in Los Angeles, that was directly because he sent it down here. 2,000 medical units came to the state of California, these FMS, these field medical stations, and that’s been very, very helpful.
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R): “The president has been outstanding through all this, the vice president has been outstanding, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, very responsive.”
- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D): “We had asked if we could have, if New Jersey could access to a piece of the beds that are on the USNS Comfort and the president came back, called me, assured me a few minutes before I walked in here to say that they would grant that to New Jersey. So that’s big step for us in addition to all the other capacity. I thank the president and vice president who were on the call.”
CNN cut away from the press conference shortly after the video started playing and MSNBC followed suit several moments later.
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