President Trump told GOP donors last weekend he does not mind critical media coverage of his administration’s coronavirus response as long as he wins reelection in November.
“We’ve done good,” Trump said at a fundraiser at this Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, a guest relayed to the Washington Post. “But no matter what we do, it will never be good for the press. Because they’re using this to try and win an election.”
He added, “They’re trying to scare everybody, from meetings, cancel the meetings, close the schools — you know, destroy the country. And that’s okay, as long as we can win the election. But I really believe that if they see that the Trump administration is handling this virus in a professional, competent way, I don’t believe that’s going to hurt us.”
Trump attended several fundraisers last weekend and introduced Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to some of the donors.
The president began facing questions about taking a test for the coronavirus after it was revealed that an aide to Bolsonaro, with whom Trump came into close contact, later tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Reports on Friday said Bolsonaro tested positive for the virus, but the Brazilian president, along with his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, denied the “fake news” reports and said he tested negative.
A Saturday memo from Sean Conley, the physician to the president, said Trump tested negative for the coronavirus.
Nearly 155,000 people have tested positive for the virus around the world, killing at least 5,700 people, according to the New York Times. In the United States, there are more than 2,750 confirmed cases of the virus, which has killed at least 59 people.
Author: Daniel Chaitin
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump says media ‘scare’ coverage of coronavirus response OK ‘as long as we can win the election’: Report