11 times Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus

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President Donald Trump has consistently underplayed the severity of the coronavirus and its impact on the country over the past few months. And who has comes to his defense? Vice President Mike Pence! Chris Cillizza runs through some of the top moments President Trump has belittled the threat of coronavirus.

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48 Comments on "11 times Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus"

  1. Hey, Chris here – what questions do you have about coronavirus?

    • Why is there a racial disparity on who is dying from the coronavirus (ex: Michigan, Chicago, Lousiana)?

    • ChristianMission | April 7, 2020 at 6:49 PM | Reply

      “Trump has consistently underplayed the severity of the coronavirus and its impact on the country over the past few months”…and Chris yet again exposes himself as a lying lib hack. The WHO tweeted in mid-January that there’s no evidence of human to human transmission of the virus, it assumed the virus was primarily relegated to Wuhan, and only by January 20/21 did the WHO say human to human transmission was possible, not definite. As the severity of the virus became known, Trump took proper measures, including, by January 31, organizing a pandemic team, warning the virus was a public health emergency and banning foreign nationals who had been to China over the previous 2 weeks. If people like you knew back then that the virus was the danger we now know it is, you would have had nonstop coverage warning us all as of mid January. Instead CNN and libs were busy branding Trump a racist after he banned foreign nationals who had been to China from coming to the US.

    • Hi, Chris. My question is, is it possible to kill CNN with the Coronavirus and if so how soon can we make that happen? I would celebrate for days if your fake news agency shut down and all of you left wing activists masquerading as journalists had to go get warehouse jobs. That would be AWESOME!

    • Skyler Bratton | April 7, 2020 at 7:11 PM | Reply

      I’d rather CNN be honest and make a video titles “1000 times CNN blamed OUR President incorrectly” or “CNN apologizes for calling OUR President racist because he stopped people coming from China to keep American safe”. I must have what Fredo had…I’m over here hallucinating, thing CNN and it’s core viewers would ever admit wrongdoing. As you were…keep stoking the flames of division and hate.

    • Paul harrison | April 7, 2020 at 7:12 PM | Reply

      Well keep saying that to yourself sir, Trump don’t care about the American people getting sick in may die from the virus. It’s sad That the coronavirus is still not even a top priority to him, and that way of thinking will lead the downfall to this country.

  2. How tf is this under news on on my homepage

  3. DANG DUDE—u sound just like Three Stooges Curly!!!!

  4. The first one he was referencing one case of the virus, not the whole thing.

  5. You lose the House, too.

  6. Yeah as if CNN reporters didn’t do the exact same thing for months….

    • Monday morning quarterbacking at its finest.

    • Does Trump really believe what he is saying? I guess the only thing he believes in is his own money…

    • Caillous Step Dad | April 7, 2020 at 9:50 PM | Reply

      CNN was giving the information that the CDC was reporting. CNN did not belittle or downplay the virus. Can you link a source and time stamp if Im wrong, please?

    • Caillous Step Dad | couldn’t find a good source but I can tell you this… While the Coronavirus was ramping up, CNN was more worried about China’s feelings than anything else… they felt that calling trump out for calling it a Chinese virus (which it is) was top priority above all. This inadvertently downplays the virus itself, because we people turn on CNN and this all they hear about, they lose focus on what is actually important to know at this time. CNN is far more concerned with trying to portray trump in a negative light than they are with the virus itself. And I guarantee you if Hillary called it a Chinese virus she wouldn’t face this same backlash..

    • Shex DoneQuick | April 7, 2020 at 10:33 PM | Reply

      @Caillous Step Dad https://youtu.be/bzaDWJQblv0

  7. Ernesto Jimenez | April 7, 2020 at 6:59 PM | Reply

    We have to vote this guy out of the White House. He’s already cost so many lives with his “this will blow over” responses to such a serious pandemic

  8. Retrograde Beats | April 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM | Reply

    Boi you goofy af

  9. The virus is the only thing from China that has lasted this long

  10. Airsoft Luke | April 7, 2020 at 7:11 PM | Reply

    So no one is going to talk about that thumbnail? 😂

  11. Jessie Ray Keaton | April 7, 2020 at 7:22 PM | Reply

    Trump: Orders China ban in JANUARY

    CNN: Racism

    Simps: Yay cnn

    • Because the virus was not coming from China….

    • @Ameen Younis the ignorant people, actually more people flew from US to China in Jan for Chinese news year…. Nowadays flights from China to US are empty. Fights from US to China are full and price skyhighed…

    • @Bfg Be nf Trump Makes American Stupid Again 😡 MASA

    • @Ameen Younis Fantastic response from Trump. Better than other world leaders. In the Middle East they were waiting too long for instructions from outside. Iranian deputy health was already infected personally, but talking like a hero

    • Agree on the travel ban, but its more likely for trade war, because after that he did downplay the outbreak over and over, time have been wasted, so as many lives lost.

  12. Remember when bill deblasio of NYC told people to go out and enjoy themselves? CNN does not want you remembering too much history

    • Moe Snert, you’re comment basically resorts to *”look! squirell!”*

      Trump is a failure, from boasting from 15 cases to almost 400k with 11k dead. If that’s not incompetence I don’t know what. Also, how is his prediction about ending the lockdown by Easter?? that’s never going to happen now. Ouch, what an incomptent f**l!

      can’t get dumber than this, oh wait you can! by being his supporter.

    • Chronic Crypto | April 7, 2020 at 8:30 PM | Reply

      @Mikael I agree. Anyone who downplayed it should be fired immediately. But deblasio is a mayor and Trump’s the president of a the country. What Trump did was way worse. Let’s also not forget fox news and Republicans in Congress literally telling people including fake dr Ben Carson to keep going into crowds and restaurants and to Trump rallies because everything was fine in early March. Devin Nunez last week was on fox news saying all children need to be back in school immediately by this week and governors with brains are listening to the health professionals not Nunez wai can’t even remember calling Lev Parnas 10 times

    • Chronic Crypto | April 7, 2020 at 8:31 PM | Reply

      @Rally look up tune definition of irony before you speak 🤣🤣🤣

    • Q U A T T R O | April 7, 2020 at 8:34 PM | Reply

      @darkdr1fter So you think that because we have alot of confirmed cases that we are doing bad? How about go look at https://ourworldindata.org/covid-testing And scroll down to total tests performed and daily tests performed by country. We are up to 150k daily tests, while 90% of other countries havent even hit 5k daily tests, only a few countries have over 10k daily tests. We almost hit 2million tests while other countries only have between 50k-300k total tests performed. So how can other countries have higher confirmed cases if they havent tested even a 1/10th as what we tested? Its common sense. And with 330m popluation, being the 3rd most in the world, you are comparing death numbers to countries with 10-60 million population. I learned proportions in 3rd grade math.

    • Q U A T T R O | April 7, 2020 at 8:53 PM | Reply

      @Chronic Crypto https://news.yahoo.com/nihs-dr-anthony-fauci-efforts-233728273.html Try watching this video, This was January 27th. Fauci states “Americans shouldnt have to worry,” and “US has a low risk right now”

  13. Yea bc this is really important right now

  14. …”one person and we have it under control.”

  15. is this really the best you can do cnn ?? wow !! just gotta keep bashing him don’t you ?? pathetic !!

  16. Rainy Hollowell | April 7, 2020 at 7:48 PM | Reply

    The first question he asked was all I could take of this video.

  17. How about how the dems were saying this was nothing up to the end of march while trump was taking actions in January…

  18. LostLoneWolf468 | April 7, 2020 at 8:19 PM | Reply

    As Arthur Morgan would say…

    “Who’s this coward?”

    He was a good man. (1863 – 1899)

  19. Tamatik Canada | April 7, 2020 at 9:38 PM | Reply

    This guy sounds like a chipmunk.
    Too much soymilk?

  20. Martha Makes Art | April 7, 2020 at 10:35 PM | Reply

    The “point” is another useless point made by the media!

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