Donald Trump made a highly unusual request of a reporter during his coronavirus task force press briefing on Friday. He was asked by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl if everyone who needs a ventilator can get one, and apparently the president didn’t take kindly to the question.
“This is a pandemic the likes of which nobody’s seen before,” Trump initially responded. “I think we’re in great shape. I think that, number one — ventilators are a big deal — we’ve distributed vast numbers of ventilators, and we’re prepared to do vast numbers. I think we’re in great shape, I hope that’s the case.
“I hope that we’re going to have leftovers, so we can help other people, other countries,” the president added.
Not the response I expected. https://t.co/u2nD4cMjlI
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) March 27, 2020
Karl followed up and re-asked Trump to answer his original question.
“Look, don’t be a cutie pie, okay?” he said. “Nobody’s done what we’ve been able to do.”
Trump never actually answered the question.
After the exchange, Karl tweeted, “Not the response I expected.”
On Saturday, Trump was back to his favorite hobby of blasting the media for what he thinks is unfair coverage of the administration’s handling of the pandemic.
“One of the reasons that Fake News has become so prevalent & far reaching is the fact that corrupt ‘journalists’ base their stories on SOURCES that they make up in order to totally distort a narrative or story,” the president tweeted amid a global health crisis. “When you see, ‘five sources say’, don’t believe the story, it is very often FAKE NEWS. Lamestream Media should be forced to reveal sources, very much as they did in the long ago past. If they did that, the media would be trusted again, and Fake News would largely be a thing of the past!”
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings.
Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.