President Trump on Tuesday sought to gird the nation for a grim reality that will set in as the coronavirus pandemic stretches to every corner of the United States.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said at a White House news briefing. “We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks, and then hopefully as the experts are predicting… you’re going to start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel.”
“But this is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks.”
Trump and his top health officials laid out data during the briefing that projected up to 240,000 Americans could die from the virus even with thorough mitigation measures in place.
The briefing offered a stark and somber contrast to recent days, where Trump has touted his administration’s response and as recently as last week was expressing optimism that the country could be reopened by Easter.