Vice President Mike Pence spent Thursday morning cleaning up President Donald Trump's stated admission to reporter Bob Woodward that he had intentionally downplayed the coronavirus pandemic.
The vice president appeared on Fox News, where he insisted the president had projected leadership and confidence, and then posted on Twitter that Trump had shut down the U.S. economy to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
"It is important to remember that President @realDonaldTrump shut down the entire American economy to put the health of America first," Pence tweeted.
"Along the way, what the American people saw was a President who was projecting the kind of leadership and the kind of confidence in the American people and all of our healthcare experts, doctors and nurses that you would expect from a President in a challenging time like this," the vice president added, posting a link to his Fox News appearance.
None of those statements, according to other social media users, were true.
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump This is just a flat out lie— Jake Procino (@Jake Procino) 1599750817.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump The governors did. He screamed "liberate ".— Capitol🏛Hillner (@Capitol🏛Hillner) 1599750902.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump Baloney. He did practically nothing and berated governors who did.— Beth Pascarella (@Beth Pascarella) 1599750813.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump It’s more important to remember that he underplayed the virus, blamed it on the democr… https://t.co/mkvQrypn6E— Scott Chegg (@Scott Chegg) 1599750992.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump He did no such thing. He laid this at the feet of governors. Nice try though.— lynn hailey (@lynn hailey) 1599751084.0
@Mike_Pence It's important to remember that he lied to all of us and continued to have rallies and downplay the sev… https://t.co/3OotanwAOR— Frank Wears A Mask (@Frank Wears A Mask) 1599750854.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump The Governors took control because of the lack of leadership at the national level (an… https://t.co/Xm9uZPQYyR— BillyJoeRayJimBob (@BillyJoeRayJimBob) 1599752169.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump No, he didn't. Some Governors shut down large parts of their own state, but Trump didn't do shit.— Analyst @ Surefire Intelligence (@Analyst @ Surefire Intelligence) 1599751555.0
@Mike_Pence @realDonaldTrump 0% of this tweet is true— Brian Dunne (@Brian Dunne) 1599751135.0
@Mike_Pence Had he made masks mandatory, PPEs a priority, contact tracing the rule, shut down all entry into US and… https://t.co/tOnkzI9ZDu— Well Hello (@Well Hello) 1599751614.0
@Mike_Pence Sorry, can’t lie, we were there. Those of us who didn’t get sick or die lived through it. What did Trum… https://t.co/6mko9ZaUbS— MRose (@MRose) 1599751030.0
@Mike_Pence What I saw was a petty, cruel indiv more concerned with stock market numbers than saving American lives. That’s cowardice.— Sheri Swokowski (@Sheri Swokowski) 1599753038.0
@Mike_Pence @WhiteHouse He didn't reassure anyone. He outright lied and told us things that he knew wasn't accurat… https://t.co/oKMQqodO1D— Liam O'Flynn (@Liam O'Flynn) 1599752824.0