WASHINGTON — As cases of the coronavirus continue to spread around the world and the United States, President Donald Trump is not backing away from spreading personal beliefs about about the virus that contradict veteran health officials and experts.
Trump has a long history of distrusting experts, most notably his own intelligence community and government scientists, and frequently claims to know more than his career experts on a wide range of subjects. But with the world teetering on the edge of a global pandemic, the stakes for Trump’s pushback have never been so high. As of Thursday afternoon, 11 U.S. patients had died and more than 100 Americans had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease that causes the coronavirus.
Trump has painted criticism about his comments on the virus as a Democratic “hoax” and media “hysteria.” On Thursday, the Trump campaign sent out a memo claiming that the “media’s obsession with weaponizing the coronavirus against President Trump remains at pandemic levels.”