After weeks of hectic campaign schedules in the weeks before Election Day, President Donald Trump has made relatively few public appearances in the past few weeks.
When he did make a brief appearance in the White House briefing room on Tuesday to offer remarks about the stock market rebound, he left many reporters disappointed by exiting without answering any of their questions, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“It’s having a big effect”
The Dow Jones average surpassed 30,000 points for the first time ever just prior to the president’s unexpected address and in the wake of promising news on the COVID-19 vaccine front.
Trump commented on the news, signaling estimates that as many as three vaccines could be available for distribution within a matter of weeks.
“I just want to congratulate everybody,” he said. “The stock market, Dow Jones Industrial Average just hit 30,000, which is the highest in history. We’ve never broken 30,000. And that’s despite everything that’s taken place with the pandemic.”
Trump made it clear during his brief remarks that he was “very thrilled with what’s happening on the vaccine front,” calling it “incredible” and unlike any previous medical breakthrough.
“And I think people are acknowledging that and it’s having a big effect,” he continued.
“There are no people like you”
Turning his attention back to the stock market, the president asserted that the recent news marked “the 48th time that we’ve broken records … during the Trump administration.”
Flanked by a silent Vice President Mike Pence, the president spoke for just a few moments before turning to leave the briefing room amid shouted inquiries from the reporters gathered nearby.
“And I just want to congratulate all the people within the administration that worked so hard,” Trump said in conclusion. “And most importantly, I want to congratulate the people of our country, because there are no people like you.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
The president frequently touted the economy as a primary reason for voters to re-elect him, as he tweeted in June: “The Trump Economy is setting records, and has a long way up to go….However, if anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before! KEEP AMERICA GREAT.”