3. Trump: U.S. "prevailed" on testing
With aides and reporters wearing masks in the Rose Garden yesterday, while President Trump remained au naturel (right), Axios editor-in-chief Nicholas Johnston was reminded of this scene (left) from 2009, during the last pandemic:
- A White House nurse administers the H1N1 vaccine to President Obama, two months after declaring the swine flu a national emergency.
"In every generation, through every challenge and hardship and danger, America has risen to the task," President Trump said during his opening remarks at the Rose Garden presser. "We have met the moment, and we have prevailed."
- Asked later if that was "mission accomplished," Trump replied: "No, we've prevailed on testing, is what I'm referring to. That was with regard to testing."
Save this tape ... Trump was also asked: "When will it be that Americans across the country will be able to get tested every day, as they go back to work?"
- Trump replied: "Very soon. I mean, really, very soon."
Trump said: "If somebody wants to be tested right now, they'll be able to be tested."
- That contradicted his testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir, who moments earlier said tests are mostly reserved for people who "need" one because they have symptoms or are participating in contact tracing, Axios' Zach Basu points out.
Reality check ... Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, said later on CNN:
- "Sixty days ago, ... this disease was not even in the top hundred causes of death in this country. This past month, it was the #1 cause of death."
- "And we're just getting started in the second inning of this nine-inning game."