President Trump held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss coronavirus. Although many in the assembled press wanted to play “gotcha,” Trump struck a great balance between relaxed and serious and refused to play the media’s game. It was the perfect mien to reassure a nation that, while nothing serious is happening now, our federal government will be there should the situation change.
Trump explained that Vice President Mike Pence will henceforth be the point person on the coronavirus issue. When he was Governor in Indiana, Pence dealt with MERS in 2014, so he already has executive experience in managing an infectious disease. He also presents as an incredibly steady and competent person, which is reassuring.
After Trump spoke, he handed the microphone over to Pence; then to Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Principal Deputy Director of the CDC; and Dr. Tony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. Between all those speakers, including Trump himself, several points became clear:
- Trump’s January decision to refuse entry to some airplanes arriving from China (which the Democrats lambasted as xenophobic) […]
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