U.S. President Donald Trump said on September 15 that one of the most difficult aspects of his presidency has been managing the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic.
The U.S. president stressed that the virus had left him with great lessons, particularly that life is very fragile in the midst of the crisis.
“I knew people that were powerful people, strong people, good people, and they got knocked out by this.”
During the ABC News meeting, news anchor George Stephanopoulos asked the president if he regretted taking the steps he did to counter the crisis caused by the virus.
Trump responded: “No, I think we did a great job. If I didn’t close [travel from China], I think you’d have 2 million deaths instead of having the 185,000—190,000. It’s a terrible number—one is too many.”
The first question in tonight's town hall came from a 2016 Trump voter who's diabetic.
"I thought you were doing a good job with the pandemic response…then you took your foot off the gas pedal. Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?" https://t.co/ajlA8QkGPp pic.twitter.com/jo30mnOXVr
— ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2020
The open dialogue he had with the ABC anchor on Tuesday at Philadelphia’s City Hall focused on the outbreak.
The president was forced to confront difficult questions about the CCP Virus crisis.
Regarding the accusation made by journalist Bob Woodward at the beginning of the year that was revealed last week about ‘minimizing’ the virus crisis, Trump responded: “Well, I didn’t minimize it. In fact, in many ways, I played it in terms of action.
As reported by USA Today, Trump said the virus would eventually disappear even without the need for a vaccine, citing the term “herd immunity,” referring to the period when a population group acquires immunity to infection, thus eradicating it. “And you’ll develop, you’ll develop herd—like a herd mentality. It’s going to be—it’s going to be herd developed—and that’s going to happen,” said President Trump at Philadelphia’s City Hall.
In interviews with The New York Times, more than a dozen scientists said that the threshold is likely to be much lower: just 50 percent, perhaps even less. If that’s true, then it may be possible to turn back the coronavirus more quickly than once thought.
The president said he believed the administration’s actions had saved a great many lives. “I feel like we’ve done a tremendous job actually, and it’s something that, I don’t think, has been recognized as it should be,” he said.