On CNN Tuesday, political analyst David Chalian laid into the president for turning his latest White House press conference into a partisan attack on former Vice President Joe Biden — while almost entirely ignoring the pandemic.
“He has every right to campaign for re-election,” said Chalian. “It’s election season. He’s certainly not the first president to mention his opponent in the Rose Garden running for re-election. He certainly has the right to lay out the arguments and draw the contrast for the American people. But the willful ignoring and wanting to wish away the pandemic that is the issue of the presidential election is not serving him well.”
“He just doesn’t seem to want to grasp that or alter in some way to deal with that,” added Chalian. “He thinks he can go around the pandemic somehow. He cannot. At least, we have not seen any ability for him to try and steer around the pandemic, because it is something that is touching every American’s life in some fashion. And so he has to go through managing the pandemic, but that’s the last thing he seems to want to do.”
WATCH: Damning supercut of Trump’s failed COVID predictions as US passes 5 million infections
The United States now has more than 5 million novel coronavirus infections -- and President Donald Trump is still insisting, as he has for months, that the situation is totally under control.
CNN on Monday played a damning supercut of Trump's failed predictions about the coronavirus pandemic, starting as far back as January when he told CNBC that "it's one person coming in from China and we have it under control, it's going to be just fine."
"5 million is not just fine," interjected host John Berman. "And it's 5 million more than the close to zero the president promised in March."
‘The hydroxychloroquine of economic policy’: Krugman warns ‘greater recession’ could come from Trump’s stimulus
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman explained that the things President Donald Trump did on Saturday would provide little help to Americans desperate to survive amid a worse recession since the Great Depression.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. entered another recession, and jobs were lost so quickly by the shutdown that the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. In the 2007-2008 recession, the rate tapped out at 10 percent. The highest U.S. unemployment rate was 24.9 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
"This new thing, what it is, is both limited and it calls for a new program," said Krugman about Trump's proposal. "It calls for complicated actions from the states. More money. And one thing we learned it's that our unemployment insurance system in this country is not designed to do complicated things. The virtue of the last round was that it was very, very simple. Just $600 a month and even so, a lot of people took a long, long time before they got those benefits."
‘Sounds like he’s not getting the job done’: Acosta hammers Trump aide for being a ‘dealmaker’ who can’t make a deal
President Donald Trump's campaign aide Jason Miller told Congress that they need to get back to Washington to pass a stimulus package. The comment came as Trump was spending his weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, golfing at his resort. Meanwhile, Trump's campaign seems to also be off message about the president's executive orders, revealing that apparently, they didn't work because a stimulus is still needed.
CNN's Jim Acosta probed Miller on how Trump could claim to be a "dealmaker" and so brilliant at making deals if he can't even manage to make a deal with Congress on the COVID-19 stimulus package.