The Trump administration has rejected any suggestion the president may have misled the nation about the deadly Asian disease.
The White House strongly rejected mainstream media reports that accuse the Oval Office of deliberately understating the impact of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus at the beginning of the year when the pandemic began.
“The president has never lied to the American public on COVID [CCP Virus],” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. “The president has been very … the president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that,” she said.
McEnany confirmed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Wuhan travel notice before any confirmed U.S. virus cases were reported on Jan. 6.
“I would refer you to [Anthony] Fauci who said that this president has an impressive response, ‘I cannot imagine under any circumstance that [anyone] could be doing [anything] more’—that is the record of this president,” she said.
The remarks came after international media pounced on an admission from President Donald Trump that he could have created a lot more panic about the pandemic but chose not to.
“If you said ‘in order to reduce panic,’ perhaps that is so,'” he said in a statement. “The fact is, I am a cheerleader for this country, I love our country, and I do not want people to be frightened. I do not want to create panic, as you say, and certainly, I am not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.”
The president’s strategy has been instead to focus on the CCP Virus recovery and returning America to prosperity instead of spreading negativity.
“We want to show confidence, we want to show strength, we want to show strength as a nation, and that is what I have done,” he said. “The incredible individuals working so hard on it, including our vice president, they have done this great job. They have not been acknowledged by the news media—and they should—for the job we have done, whether it is ventilators and now, you will see very soon, with vaccines and with therapeutics.”
He encouraged all Americans not to resort to panic-buying because it will only drive up prices.
“We do not want to instill panic, we do not want to jump up and down and start shouting that we have a problem that is a—a tremendous problem—[that will] scare everybody,” he said. “I will tell you the other thing: we immediately started buying. All over the world, we started buying masks and gowns and everything else, and we do not want to cause pricing to go up to a level that becomes almost unaffordable.”