President Trump struck a reconciliatory tone during a coronavirus presser on Saturday, calling for people to unite against the outbreak.
“I just want to thank everybody, I think the representation has been very fair for the most part,” Trump told the group of reporters at the White House, as he stood alongside healthcare professionals, the Washington Examiner reports.
“We’re all in this together,” he added.
The president has been repeatedly criticized by liberals and members of mainstream media over the past couple of weeks for speaking too casually about the severity of the coronavirus. Trump initially predicted only a few people in the U.S. would be infected—while some liberals and political pundits predicted more apocalyptic numbers.
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While neither side was entirely right, Trump said people should put their politics aside to combat the spread of the virus.
“We all will solve this problem, we’ll solve it well,” Trump said. “I think the American people have been incredible in the way they’ve acted.”
The president’s comments saw an immediate impact in the stock market which sharply rose after days of decline.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump sought to reduce widespread panic about two weeks ago when he said that few people would be affected by the virus, which has now infected about 2,500 people in the United States. As the number of cases around the country mounted and the death toll rose, Trump continued to praise the work of his administration’s health experts and Vice President Mike Pence, who became the coronavirus task force’s chief spokesman.
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According to the report, Trump’s tone reflected that he was prepared for the worst, but was expecting the best concerning the coronavirus; that the outbreak would be over quickly but the country and its health facilities were prepared a longer struggle.