As the coronavirus spread, President Donald Trump, again, tried to calm fears while also announcing he was calling a national emergency. The president called it "two very big words."
It's an odd move because the president has claimed that there isn't a crisis and that the panic is what is causing the crisis.
He also compared it to the Swine Flu, or H1N1, which had a relatively low mortality rate, rate of infection and was not declared a global pandemic.
.... Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done… https://t.co/CQBX8bRmMj— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1584094939.0
It is ultimately leading to greater concern that the president isn't clear on the seriousness of the disease.
Trump also appeared to have learned about telemedicine over the course of the past few days. For most Americans, telemedicine has been a practice for years.
Trump’s attempt to ad lib about “telehealth” and what it is is sad https://t.co/3p179mngbk— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1584128273.0
As he scrambles for ways to get a tighter grip on the situation, Americans were skeptical and frustrated. It took Trump two months to declare a national emergency for the virus.
Trump welcomed many CEOs of major corporations to say a comment about the work they're doing. They all shook Trump's hand. The president spent the weekend with two people who are now coronavirus positive.
You can see the tweets below:
Trump: "we don't want people to run out and take a test if we feel they shouldn't be doing it ... only if they have… https://t.co/1ZbMwiJgdM— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1584128299.0
Totally serious here: if Trump modeled elbow-bumping in this press conference rather than shaking hands, he could c… https://t.co/6Bqa3azdCJ— Ben Wikler (@Ben Wikler)1584128903.0
NEWS: Trump declares a national emergency in the face of the #coronavirus. "Two very big words." https://t.co/ciWFezx1zO— Pod Save America (@Pod Save America)1584128293.0
Dammit I saw “The Trump presidency is over” trending and I thought the motherfucker resigned.— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report)1584127196.0
Donald Trump has refused a #coronavirus test despite meeting with infected people. Ivanka had a meeting with the Au… https://t.co/oOJSMd1e2z— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor)1584127127.0
I wish Donald Trump would at least PRETEND to care about the American public for just five minutes.— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1584127487.0
Trump is going to address the coronavirus pandemic without prepared remarks or a teleprompter. It’s literally a p… https://t.co/ZgXxfXs62x— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton)1584127490.0
I'm pretty sure I can't bare to listen to Trump lying to the American people again on national tv today. I'll look… https://t.co/U0R92pqJNP— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1584127295.0
What they've done with telehealth is incredible.— ThornyOpinion (@ThornyOpinion)1584128097.0
TELEHEALTH ISN’T NEW is he trying to take credit for it lolllllll— 🍁Suzanne🍂 (@🍁Suzanne🍂)1584128096.0
"Telehealth" is the cure, apparently. Best Healthcare System in the world, my ass.— Fake Trump Troll 🌊 ❄️ (@Fake Trump Troll 🌊 ❄️)1584128158.0
Fact check: Telehealth is not new.— Stef (@Stef)1584128157.0
Trump's national emergency speech is basically a lot of self congratulation, projection, bull shit, no self reflect… https://t.co/smONiwkklr— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali)1584128030.0
“National Emergency - two very big words.” And I’m pretty sure he said “people standing inside me.” And such lim… https://t.co/wZC6dzaaJo— Kevy Salz ♉️ (@Kevy Salz ♉️)1584128353.0
6 days ago Trump said everyone who wanted a test could get one. Now he says they don't want people that they don't… https://t.co/QuNQqH3zVC— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1584128399.0
I am declaring Donald Trump a national disaster.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1584128257.0
Trump just said he doubts we will need 5 million tests. This is against everything doctors have said. We need millions of tests.— Scott Stedman (@Scott Stedman)1584128295.0
Trump makes George W. Bush sound like Churchill. It does not seem like he understands a single word he is saying,… https://t.co/pmA482zhg2— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1584128170.0
It took two months for Trump to declare a national emergency over Coronavirus. He declared a national emergency the… https://t.co/wIc9UMQBLm— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1584128318.0
what an incredible picture painted right before us, in the midst of a pandemic - trump is spending time thanking corporations one by one.— hasanabi (@hasanabi)1584128857.0
everyone is tying so hard not to shake trump’s hand and our dummy prez is not having it— ☕netw3rk (@☕netw3rk)1584128830.0
Trump is shaking hands—which the CDC has recommended not to do—at the news conference where he has declared a natio… https://t.co/IxCcoFf09X— Rebecca Ballhaus (@Rebecca Ballhaus)1584128841.0
Trump declares Covid-19 a national emergency 🇺🇸. It must be the first national emergency that has already been contained. #Covid_19— Ferdinando Giugliano (@Ferdinando Giugliano)1584128656.0
Trump announces Google -- which he has attacked as "biased" and "dishonest," said its relationship with China might… https://t.co/qcVfsEeoSs— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1584128650.0
Shorter @realDonaldTrump: Next week we will be where we should have been two weeks ago. Now I’d like the read some… https://t.co/ethXbUbLp6— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1584128473.0