President Donald Trump said he believes the coronavirus pandemic is likely to disappear from the U.S. In an interview with Fox Business, the president expressed a positive outlook on the state of the pandemic in the country, according to a tweet from The Hill reporter Christina Wilkie.
“I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think at some point that’s going to, sort of, just disappear, I hope,” Trump said.
The president’s comments come as cases of the virus continue to surge in parts of the U.S. According to The New York Times, there have been more than 2.6 million cases in the country thus far, and more than 127,000 deaths. These figures are now on the rise in many states as well, including Florida, Texas, California, and a number of other states in the southern and midwestern parts of the country. New coronavirus cases are also increasing regularly, with record highs being tallied several times in the past two weeks.
Trump has made similar comments about the virus in the past, suggesting that it was likely to go away on its own. According to The Washington Post, the president has suggested that the virus would disappear on at least 18 other occasions.
After the remarks were reported, Twitter users were quick to react with outrage, suggesting that Trump was overwhelmed by the ongoing crisis.
“And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the official federal plan to deal with the pandemic. American exceptionalism,” one user wrote.
“This guy is so far in over his head, it’s mind-boggling,” another added.
“But that was already his plan from the beginning. The warmer temperatures in April were supposed to make it disappear,” a third commenter pointed out.
Other users were amazed that Trump said this as cases rise throughout large swaths of the country.
The news of Trump’s latest thoughts on the virus comes as he ramps up in his campaign for re-election against former Vice President Joe Biden. In a press conference on Tuesday, Biden attacked Trump’s cognitive ability, hinting that the president doesn’t seem to be aware of what’s happening across the country. He then referred to a recent report alleging that the Russian government had put out bounties on American soldiers, and Trump had failed to take any action against Russia in response. The former vice president said that Trump should have at least brought the Joint Chiefs together to learn more about the report.