“For all of the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number,” Trump wrote Tuesday. “That’s 15 to 20 times more than we will lose. I shut down entry from China very early!”
In a subsequent message, the president acknowledged that “One person lost to this invisible virus is too much,” but insisted he “made the right decisions” and ridiculed “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi, the House speaker.
Trump was roundly rebuked over the weekend, as the U.S. deaths continued to mount, for golfing at his Virginia club and leveling incendiary attacks at several of his perceived enemies via Twitter — even repeating his claim that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a congressional staffer in 2001. The president has offered no evidence to support the allegation, which has been widely debunked as a conspiracy theory that is not supported by facts.
As of Thursday morning, more than 1.7 million people have become infected with Covid-19 in the U.S., the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and 100,467 Americans have died from the disease, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.