At Friday’s coronavirus press briefing, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta confronted the task force with President Donald Trump’s previous claims that the virus would go away by April, and Trump cut in to defend himself.
“It is going away,” he said. He then denied he had made any claim about a timeline for the virus going away.
In reality, Trump did say explicitly he believed the virus would be gone by April. “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in,” he said on February 10. “Typically, that will go away in April.”
After Dr. Birx defends Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, @Acosta points out that “the president was saying this is going to go away.”
“I said it’s going away. And it is going away,” Trump retorts. pic.twitter.com/4DTN0GfBbv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 3, 2020