President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is worse than the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center.
In comments to reporters in the Oval Office, the president explained that he reversed course on disbanding the White House coronavirus task force because he did not realize how "popular" it was.
"I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding down...It is appreciated by the public," the president said, according to a pool report.
Trump also called the pandemic an "attack" and said that it "should have never happened."
"This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center," he lamented. "And it should have never happened."
Read some of the reports below.
"This virus is going to disappear," says Trump, who adds that "this is worst attack we've ever had. This is worse t… https://t.co/ZcsUFlleMe— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1588788560.0
President Trump in Oval Office said he decided to keep coronavirus task force because "I had no idea how popular th… https://t.co/QC0y3YiT2H— Emily Goodin (@Emily Goodin) 1588786047.0
Trump says the pandemic “is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center. And it should have never happened."— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@Philip Melanchthon Wegmann) 1588786632.0
Trump tells press in Oval he “put a mask on for a period of time” yesterday at the Honeywell mask factory in Arizon… https://t.co/cZYZ0WRRf1— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs) 1588786451.0
President Trump just said that the spike in unemployment due to the pandemic is "artificial". In Wall Street parla… https://t.co/5qQwlbZXHS— Robert Burgess (@Robert Burgess) 1588786639.0
White House won't modify its SCOTUS push to invalidate ACA, Trump says. "We're going to replace Obamacare" with so… https://t.co/rv870U74gG— Cheryl Bolen (@Cheryl Bolen) 1588786935.0
Trump says he would like to see schools open wherever possible, and teachers over age 60 should not be teaching— Jeff Mason (@Jeff Mason) 1588787275.0