President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Holds Press Conference

Clay Curtis
March 30, 2020

I really get it. People are surprised that I understand.

Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said on Thursday it planned to expand its use of an advertisement critical of President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic despite the Trump re-election campaign's efforts to stop it.

While millions of fearful Americans are self-isolating, uncertain of what the future will hold, many having lost their incomes, Trump demonstrated his mind is occupied with something else: himself.

The crux of the dispute is that the ad stitches together clips of Trump's own statements about the coronavirus, including video of the president from late February when he said Democrats were trying to use the virus as a politicized "hoax" against him after a failed impeachment effort and the Russian Federation investigation.

This turned out to be a laughable disconnect with reality; as of March 29, there are 135,000 confirmed cases in the US, with more than 2,000 deaths - a number that has shockingly doubled from 1,000 just a few days earlier. "We'll keep telling the truth and holding Donald Trump accountable".

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Priorities USA originally put $6 million behind the ad, which is running in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

It threatened litigation if stations refused to pull the ad.

Trump quoted an article from the New York Times that provided recent viewership statistics of his coronavirus press conferences. "So I'm retweeting it", Adam Parkhomenko, a co-founder of the 2016 Ready for Hillary Super PAC, tweeted on Wednesday. "We really think we've done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum".

Fact-checkers at The Washington Post, Snopes, Politifact and FactCheck.org have noted that it's incorrect to say Trump called the virus itself a hoax, The Hill reported.

The president made the exact claim in late January while speaking to CNBC during a trip to Davos, Switzerland, for an economic forum. "It's - going to be just fine".

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