Trump Goes on a Tear Correcting Fake Coronavirus News

Posted: Apr 12, 2020 7:40 PM
Trump Goes on a Tear Correcting Fake Coronavirus News

Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Easter Sunday was not all that peaceful for President Trump because he found himself correcting several false headlines and "fake news" on Twitter. 

The first narrative he upended was his supposed delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta suggested that the Trump administration failed to act and cost countless lives. Trump responded to those claims by noting that he banned travel to and from China very soon after he learned that the virus had originated in Wuhan and was beginning to spread.

In fact, Dr. Fauci has praised the president's travel ban as having done wonders in the fight against COVID-19 in the U.S. Even Trump's eventual Democratic opponent for president, former Vice President Joe Biden, gave his belated approval to the travel ban he originally called "xenophobic."

Trump's next fake news target was the story about a nurse who went viral for filming a teary message about her hospital reportedly told her she couldn't wear a face mask while treating COVID-19 positive patients, and she promptly quit. CBS News ran with the video and the story without confirming its authenticity. And, as it turned out, it wasn't all that authentic.

Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, later clarified her experience.

"We were each assigned one N95 per one Covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with," she explained.

So, again, the president concluded...

Trump's Twitter campaign to correct disinformation has been supplemented by his daily White House coronavirus task force briefings, where he's sparred with reporters who are clearly less interested in getting important information to the public, and more interested in trying pin the entire outbreak on the president or accuse him of downplaying the health crisis. But for each partisan question, Trump always has an answer

Trump didn't spend all day bashing the media. He shared a positive Easter message, and told the American people that we can and will defeat the "invisible enemy."

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