President Donald Trump was asked about his sober tone during the Monday press briefing and he claimed that he's always taken the coronavirus as a serious threat.
But it was less than a month ago that Trump was blaming Democrats for allegedly spreading coronavirus hysteria.
"The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus," Trump said in North Carolina just three weeks ago. "One of my people came up to me and said, 'Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.' That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. ... They tried anything. ... And this is their new hoax."
His chief of the economic council, Larry Kudlow, called it "relatively contained."
Senior aide Kellyanne Conway said the coronavirus "is being contained."
And when speaking at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Trump said he would "like the numbers being where they are," before praising himself for being as smart as the scientists.
Today, Trump told the nation he's always taken it "seriously" and "I've always known this is a-- real -- pandemic."
See the responses to it below:
Pres Trump: "I've felt it was a pandemic before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other count… https://t.co/dXycX9Omlx— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1584463945.0
Someone please ask trump why has he changed from “it’s a hoax by the fake news and the democrats” to “it’s a seriou… https://t.co/tCTsR98Lnb— Boyd Edwards (@Boyd Edwards)1584464184.0
Jan 22: Reporter: "Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?" Trump: "No. Not at all." Feb 26: Trump: "W… https://t.co/13HmBYbchA— Robert Maguire (@Robert Maguire)1584464720.0
tRump is trying to say he knew coronavirus was serious long ago. When? When he blamed it on Dems? When he refuse… https://t.co/b7FULz0pVk— Hooks 🌊♐ (@Hooks 🌊♐)1584464203.0
Trump wants to look like he's taking this serious after not taking it seriously for weeks. https://t.co/tCwxfH6TgX— Britni Danielle (@Britni Danielle)1584462956.0
America: finally gets on board with Trump’s virus rhetoric Trump: You liked that? I got even more of that stuff ba… https://t.co/ZJk9E6yMNd— Nathan Deal (@Nathan Deal)1584463969.0
Trump’s noon presser 3/17/20: “I’ve always viewed it (the virus) as very serious.” (and) “I’ve always known this as… https://t.co/zn6XF00vIz— Katty McCatnip 😷✌🏻🌊🇺🇸 (@Katty McCatnip 😷✌🏻🌊🇺🇸)1584464075.0
Trump: I knew it was a serious pandemic from the beginning. Reality: 2/2: "We pretty much shut it down coming in… https://t.co/BvIxCYUTXZ— FedUp (@FedUp)1584464051.0
Kristen Welker: Why the shift in your tone yesterday? (fawning ) Trump: I always knew it was a pandemic. Before ev… https://t.co/oHkrQ4DnfX— Kimberly (@Kimberly)1584464076.0
Trump (today) says he always thought Covid-19 (Coronavirus) was serious, and considered it a pandemic long before i… https://t.co/Tqxiar71NS— Mike Otis (@Mike Otis)1584464108.0
There was literally a poll today that showed 40% of Republicans don’t believe coronavirus is serious and that’s bec… https://t.co/3INpNkDF6c— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC)1584463851.0
"I've always known....I've always viewed it serious," said area narcissist man known for calling all of this hoax &… https://t.co/gBWDyfhB92— Ms. Net (@Ms. Net)1584463867.0
This is why Trump’s new “serious” attitude should fool no one. He still equates no WV numbers with the Gov “doing a… https://t.co/YBHiSSyKHU— Michael Markowitz (@Michael Markowitz)1584464133.0
@realdonaldTrump just said that he knew all along it was a serious pandemic and not one reporter had the nerve to r… https://t.co/PoDzCZSvxD— Scott Marks (@Scott Marks)1584463870.0
Props to the reporters challenging Trump's claims that he's always taken this seriously and believed this was a pan… https://t.co/cX0KWF6I49— Todd Berger (@Todd Berger)1584464121.0
Trump just said he always thought it was a pandemic. That he always thought it was serious. OMG what a liar. I am a… https://t.co/QhyEiyYqFs— paola🌊🐕🐈🎨 (@paola🌊🐕🐈🎨)1584463854.0
@realDonaldTrump For God's sake stop trying to be cute and grow up. People are beginning to think there is another… https://t.co/30gGl7MRnm— sadonna long (@sadonna long)1584463874.0
@BrendanNyhan I'm glad Trump recognizes this is serious now. I'd be happier still if 1) The federal govt took polic… https://t.co/GyMB9LVNDv— Jeremy Pressman (@Jeremy Pressman)1584463920.0
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS Today, “I always knew it was a pandemic. I always knew it was very serious.” #COVID19… https://t.co/9bl4ErMWSa— goldentowers (@goldentowers)1584463843.0
Watching Trump now claiming he has always treated this seriously ... Orwell needs to come back and write a sequel. https://t.co/zoV1R7wHXN— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte)1584464266.0