Over the holiday weekend, the mainstream media’s criticism of President Donald Trump shifted into overdrive, suggesting that Trump had ignored early warnings about the virus, had downplayed the risks of a pandemic, and had done nothing for weeks as the public health crisis grew worse.
At the coronavirus task force briefing on Monday, however, President Trump was more than prepared to counter the media narrative on a point-by-point basis, and did so in a manner that left the White House reporters utterly humiliated, Breitbart reported.
Trump takes on the media directly
Shortly after the briefing began, President Trump called for the lights to be dimmed and proceeded to play a short video on the dual TV screens in the briefing room. Watch below:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020
The video began with several clips of various media figures downplaying the risks of the novel coronavirus in late January and February, followed by a short timeline of actions he took during that time.
The video then transitioned to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman talking about how Trump’s early responses, which had been greatly criticized, were correct and effective.
Next came clips of state governors — several of whom are Democrats — praising the Trump administration’s help.
Timeline of Trump’s coronavirus response efforts
The press was none too pleased. Several reporters shifted gears, attacking the video itself as being “campaign-style” and continuing to assert that Trump hadn’t done enough in the early weeks of the crisis.
In response to the second complaint, the Trump re-election campaign compiled a detailed timeline of events, starting on December 31, 2019, with China’s official report to the World Health Organization.
Other actions included are the creation of the White House task force, travel bans, emergency declarations, and hundreds of other actions up to the present. See the whole list here.
One reporter suggested that, after forming the task force and banning travel from China, Trump had done nothing throughout the month of February.
However, the timeline lists more than a dozen actions taken in February alone.
Media keep asking what the Trump Administration was doing in February to combat the coronavirus after restricting travel from China.
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Apparently, the media forgot that this president has no qualms about fighting back.