President Donald Trump quickly took over coronavirus task force chief Mike Pence’s daily press briefings as soon as he realized the Vice President was gaining some credibility and popularity. But there’s another reason Trump is holding these press briefings, some for hours each day, seven days a week.
“He misses his rallies,” the AP’s White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said on MSNBC Monday afternoon. “He misses the road.”
“And that’s why, despite a number of senior aides telling him he should not be appearing at the briefing every day he insists that he will.”
Lemire described Trump as “deeply frustrated,” and suggested the President wants to campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden but under current circumstances cannot in the ways he planned.
He also said not just the President, but other White House officials believe it’s necessary for the sake of the economy, for Americans to go back to work – as Trump has strongly suggested – despite the obvious cost of human lives.
But it’s not just their concern for the economy.
“They worry about it endangering the President’s re-election hopes,” he added, noting these White House officials believe “the danger of this virus is overhyped.”
‘They don’t understand what it means to be American’: Ex-Pentagon chief blasts White House
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained Wednesday that President Donald Trump went to St. John's Church with his Bible because it's what former President George W. Bush did after Sept. 11 and what Winston Churchill did during World War II. The problem, of course, being that protesters demanding an end to police brutality aren't the same as Al-Qaeda or the Nazis and it's police killing unarmed Americans, not Black Lives Matter.
‘Comically ridiculous’: Kayleigh McEnany sparks outrage by comparing Trump to Winston Churchill
At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared President Donald Trump's church photo-op stunt to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting bombing damage during the Nazi raids in World War II.
Kayleigh compares the President’s photo op to Churchill inspecting bombing damage pic.twitter.com/KP5ovHMYzI
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Team Trump ‘running for cover’ after attempt to crack down on protests results in ‘humiliation’: conservative columnist
Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist Jennifer Rubin writes that the "tear-gassing of peaceful protesters, the debasement of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the wholly inappropriate participation of the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the goose step across Lafayette Square" were actually President Trump's way of compensating for reports that he retreated to an underground bunker when protesters got close to the White House.
Rubin points to Trump's claim that he went to the bunker for an "inspection." But according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he had no idea where Trump and the rest of his entourage were going.