The New Trump Show: ‘I’ve Gotten to Like This Room’

When he was pushed for annoying details, he stepped aside for Pence, Birx, the immunologist, and Task Force member Tony Fauci and others – determined to practically reflex-shift the reflection. To his predecessors (“we inherited a very outdated system”). To (democratic) governors. To China.

“Where are the tests?” Trump was asked on March 18.

“I’ll have Mike answer that,” he said.

The masks? That was the next day.

“Vice President?” said the president.

“Your government,” a reporter asked on March 22, “removed a key position in China in July – a medical epidemiologist embedded in the Chinese Disease Control Agency – and it only took a few months before the first cases in Wuhan were discovered. ” So the question is basically why the post was deleted … “

“Anyone?” Trump said and looked at the people with him on stage.

And the Showman president ended each briefing with the promise that more would come.

“We’re making great strides,” he said on Friday, “and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow,” he said on Saturday.

“Tomorrow,” he said on Sunday.

Of course there are limits Trump’s attempts to achieve what he’s achieved with his loud rallies in this smaller, more stable space, and with a steadily shrinking audience of socially distant reporters focused on just one topic – the most comprehensive public health emergency for more than a century.

Without for example a Mark Burnett Trump, who is on hand to hack the narrative incoherence and bring the visceral, minute-by-minute advertising into a neat, salable form, has so far ended up in the course of these briefings (as he did in large part) existence) often contradicts each other .

Dan McAdams’ “episodic man” has left the press “untouched by what he has said in the past, undisturbed by what he has to say in the future, and focused entirely on what he has to do to get himself through the to fight immediate present. ” very fair ”,“ very fair ”… and then“ very dishonest ”- which leads to a particularly ugly head when dealing with Alexander from NBC. “What do you say to Americans who are watching you and who are afraid?” Alexander asked. “I say that you are a terrible reporter,” said Trump. “That’s what I’m saying.”

He called the coronavirus day after day “the Chinese virus”, “the Chinese virus”, “the Chinese virus” – until he didn’t. “It seems,” he said Monday, “that there could be a bit of bad language towards Asian Americans in our country.” And I don’t like that at all. They are incredible people. You love our country. And I will not let it happen. “

He has described himself as a “war president”, but insists that the federal government is not a “shipping agent” for the necessary medical care. He has often placed the governors in charge. “We are a kind of backup for the states,” he said on Sunday.

He is no longer optimistic one day, but the next.

“We will be so good,” he said on March 15th.

“It’s bad,” he said on March 16. “It’s bad.”

“August. Could be July. Could take longer,” he said that day, answering a question of when normalcy could return. Up to five months or more.

But only a week after the war ended, he lost patience with these sober projections. “It won’t take three or four months,” he said, “as some people said” – first of all itself. “America will be open for business again and soon – very soon – much sooner than three or four months someone suggested Has. Much earlier. “

“Easter,” Trump said during Tuesday’s briefing. “What a great timeline that would be.”

What a good story.

What an enjoyable finale for this season of the show.

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