President Donald Trump and his White House have made clear he is unconcerned about the deadly coronavirus threat, except as it affects the markets, which he sees as his key to re-election. He reportedly was "furious" at the CDC for telling lawmakers and the American public the virus will spread into communities across the U.S.
“We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad,” the CDC said Tuesday, which angered Trump.
Those remarks helped tank the markets even further on Tuesday, with the DOW dropping 1900 points in just two days.
Trump tried to blame the news media for informing the public about the risks, via Twitter Wednesday morning. It did not go well.
After announcing a news conference for 6 PM Wednesday, Trump went ballistic, attacking the press, and Democrats, as if they were the ones who made the determination the coronavirus will greatly affect Americans' day-to-day lives.
And he spelled coronavirus wrong.
Trump's remarks and general "incompetence" are infuriating many across the country, as smoe noted he cut funding to the CDC's programs to combat disease outbreaks worldwide.
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Hard to take a man serious when he says we're safe against a pandemic when he can't spell it correctly.— Gramma In The Moon (@Gramma In The Moon)1582723763.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Maybe the markets are panicking b/c the guy who thinks windmills cause cancer is in c… https://t.co/8iwzUkjqCF— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1582723293.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov If you would learn how to spell it (#coronavirus ; #Covid19) , it would give the nati… https://t.co/MNJhVRmNut— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman))))1582722331.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov bro the stock market is in free fall and you've defunded the CDC to the level where i… https://t.co/SOpD6gLBeU— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1582722423.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Did you know Trump admin over last two years has cut funding that could've prevented… https://t.co/2qVlkTAQxf— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1582722618.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Trump Regime is responding to this pandemic just like any other authoritarian regime:… https://t.co/RQF07PqAZz— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1582726996.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov The incompetence of your Administration is spooking the markets plus the fact that no… https://t.co/vHWH1fax9S— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1582724753.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Coronavirus will inevitably come here. It will disrupt the economy. People will get… https://t.co/gJaAErVwp0— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow)1582726806.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Trump uses the threat of a global virus to slam the media and Democrats. Does anyone… https://t.co/7JYQfzuK5x— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1582722526.0
@DeanObeidallah @criteria681 @realDonaldTrump @CNN @CDCgov Yes, of course. He doesn’t care about humans or lives. He never has.— Deb Richards (@Deb Richards)1582724253.0
Of course, this mockery is appropriate: