Donald Trump's Coronavirus Timeline

April 5, 2020

Mr. President: What’s the Plan?

70 Days

Seventy days elapsed from the first time the White House was formally notified of the outbreak in China on Jan. 3 until President Trump began to treat the virus “as a lethal force that had outflanked America’s defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens,” according to Washington Post reporting based on 47 interviews with administration officials, public health experts, intelligence officers and others.”

Twenty-one days in February were lost as the administration relied on a coronavirus test known to be flawed and prevented private labs from deploying better ones, blinding doctors and scientists as the virus spread across the country.- The Washington Post

April 4, 2020

“I am choosing not to do it.”

The president’s public refusal to wear a mask was the latest way he has cast doubt on their recommendations… Even as he announced a new federal recommendation on Friday that Americans wear masks when out in public, he immediately disavowed it: “I am choosing not to do it.” – NY TIMES

April 3, 20202

Hospitals, governments, do-gooders and hucksters are all competing. Scams and prices are soaring.

“The eruption in demand for dwindling amounts of masks has resulted in a kind of global supply-chain bedlam. In the United States, the federal government has decided against commandeering American factories to create a new stream of masks. Instead, federal officials are competing against states, hospitals and medical suppliers for the same pool of masks, which come mostly from China.” – NY TIMES 4/3/2020

April 2, 2020

Trump sent a letter to Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday accusing him of leaving New York “unprepared” for the coronavirus pandemic now crippling the state because of the “impeachment hoax.”

April 1, 2020

OPINION: The futility of hate-watching Trump’s coronavirus briefings

“President Trump knows you like to watch.

He doesn’t care if his viewers are true believers or those who curse and seethe through his daily coronavirus news briefings, which are neither newsworthy nor brief. Viewers are viewers, and television ratings are agnostic. That’s what matters to the president.

Trump is a “ratings hit,” The New York Times wrote in a not-complimentary recent story, comparing his audience size to the season finale of “The Bachelor.” No doubt, the former reality show host loved that juxtaposition. Now his wildly unscripted briefings are the ultimate reality show, and even those hate-watching his daily lies, scorn, and gaslighting are giving him exactly what he craves [ . . . ]” – Boston Globe | Read full piece

March 30, 2020

Trump appears on “Fox and Friends”

“The federal government has done far more than if anybody else was president. If “Sleepy Joe” [ Democratic candidate Joe Biden] was president he wouldn’t even know what’s going on. You know that. I mean everybody knows that… New York should be fine … they should have more than enough ventilators based on the numbers that we see … Russia, Iran, and China [are conspiring to blame the US for coronavirus] using the same principles they used to infiltrate our 2016 election” – Donald Trump

During the Fox and Friends interview, Trump openly admitting if we made voting easier in America, Republicans wouldn’t win elections. “The things they had in there were crazy. They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

NPR: How 15 Days Became 45: Trump Extends Guidelines To Slow Coronavirus

Trump Crime Family

Two weeks ago, President Trump entered the White House briefing room and announced an aggressive plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Stay home for 15 days, he told Americans. Avoid groups of more than 10 people. “If everyone makes this change, or these critical changes, and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” he said.

On Sunday, the night before Day 15, Trump told the country to stick with the plan for another month, until April 30.

“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said.

It was an abrupt end to two weeks of whiplash as Trump veered between conflicting advice from public health experts, who were looking at data from labs and hospitals, and friends in the business community, who were looking at the harm to the economy. – Source: NPR

March 29, 2020

Trump challengers reporter, “Be nice”

Trump tweets that he is a “ratings hit” during pandemic


The White House will decide this week whether to relax national social distancing guidelines against the advice of medical experts
, even as the coronavirus death toll accelerates in the United States, with more than 2,200 fatalities among 130,000 confirmed infections. State officials reported nearly 450 deaths on Saturday alone. – Source: The Washington Post

March 28, 2020

Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators

In another day of mixed messages, the president criticized G.M. and authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to force it to make ventilators after the company had already announced it was going to.

In a late-afternoon news conference, Mr. Trump said, “Now it turns out we will have to be producing large numbers.” He said that over the next 100 days, “we will either make or get, in some form, over 100,000 additional units,” more than three times the nation’s annual production. Later, he insisted, “We’re going to have plenty.”

New York Times

Trump Lashes Out at Michigan Gov. After She Criticized His ‘Mind-Boggling’ Coronavirus Response

President Donald Trump has hit out at the governor of Michigan shortly after she condemned his “slow” and “mind-boggling” response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Just before Trump targeted her in an angry Twitter post, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared on MSNBC to say that “the federal government did not take this seriously early enough” and added: “To hear the leader of the federal government tells us to work around the federal government because it’s too slow is kind of mind-boggling.” She was referring to Trump’s comments from Monday, when he told several governors on a conference call that they are largely on their own in stocking up on gear such as respirators and ventilators.
– Source The Daily Beast

Twitter Removes Giuliani post “misinformation”

A tweet by Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has been removed from the platform for pushing misinformation about chloroquine usage and making false claims against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, according to Mediaite. Giuliani posted the tweet that included direct quotes from controversial Trump supporter Charlie Kirk, including the falsehood that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug being touted by Trump as a possible treatment for coronavirus symptoms, is safe and “in at least three international tests was found 100% effective in treating the coronavirus.” The tweet also stated that Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer is “the latest Democrat to ban doctors from prescribing the lifesaving drugs hydroxychloroquine and Z-Paks to save senior citizens in the state.” – Source The Daily Beast

March 27, 2020 “I’m not sure anybody even knows what it is”

“You can call it a germ. You can call it a flu. You can call it a virus. You can call it many different names. I’m not sure anybody even knows what it is.” – Donald Trump

Trump to Mike Pence: ‘Don’t call the woman in Michigan,’ aka Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

President Donald Trump said Friday he has asked Vice President Mike Pence not to call governors he says have not been “appreciative” enough of his efforts on coronavirus – a group of critics that included a governor he referred to only by gender,

“Don’t call the woman in Michigan,” Trump said at a press conference while discussing Pence’s work as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

That governor – Gretchen Whitmer – replied on Twitter that “right now, we all need to be focused on fighting the virus, not each other.”

“I’m willing to work with anyone as long as we get the personal protective equipment we need for the people of Michigan,” she said.

Trump told reporters that most – but not all – governors have been appreciative of his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I want them to be appreciative,” he said. “I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true.” – Source USA Today

“But remember,” Trump told Hannity, “we’re really a second line of attack. The first line of attack is supposed to be the hospitals and the local government and the states — the states themselves.”
– Trump from interview with Fox News Sean Hannity

March 26, 2020: Unpresidential behavior

March 25, 2020: Testing Lies

Washington state radio station won’t air Trump briefings because of ‘false or misleading information’

A public radio station in Washington state, KUOW, will no longer be airing White House press briefings on the coronavirus “due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time.”

The president has participated in the briefings with the administration’s coronavirus task force almost every day, standing alongside members of his Cabinet and public health officials. 

“KUOW is monitoring White House briefings for the latest news on the coronavirus — and we will continue to share all news relevant to Washington State with our listeners,” the station said in a tweet.

“However, we will not be airing the briefings live due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time,” it added.

Source: The Hill

March 24, 2020: Trump says he wants ‘the country opened’ by Easter

Washington Post
Trump says he wants ‘the country opened’ by Easter, citing concerns coronavirus crackdown is hurting the economy

President Trump continued to play down the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic as experts warned of a worsening crisis: A World Health Organization official said Tuesday that “we are now seeing a very large acceleration” in U.S. coronavirus infections, adding that America has the potential to become the new epicenter of the global crisis.

More than 46,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States, although experts say the true number is much higher. On Monday, U.S. deaths surpassed 100 in a single day for the first time.

Source: Washington Post

March 23, 2020: Man dies ingesting chloroquine

March 21, 2020: Stop Lying

“U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Donald Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen, according to U.S. officials familiar with spy agency reporting.”

“Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were – they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” this official said. “The system was blinking red.” – Boston Globe

March 20, 2020

“What do you say to Americans who are scared?” Alexander asked Trump at today’s press conference.

“I say that you’re a terrible reporter,” Trump answered.

The New York Times reports that after saying last month that the U.S. was “better prepared than ever before” to confront the virus, Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina and chairman of the Intelligence Committee, sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock before the markets plunged. Three other senators — Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma; and Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia — also sold major holdings, according to disclosure records. – New York Times 3/20/2020

“While the calamity we are experiencing is not Trump’s doing, his dishonesty and incompetence have exacerbated it, and continue to do so. To point this out is not to dwell on the past but to confront the scale of our present crisis. Trump has been giving daily televised briefings in which he overpromises and spreads misinformation. He makes bad decisions and reverses himself only under the pressure of bad press. That makes frankness about his catastrophic ineptitude imperative.”

Michele Goldberg, New York Times 3/20/2020

At a long-winded White House briefing on Friday [3/20/20], President Trump enthusiastically and repeatedly promoted the promise of two long-used malaria drugs that are still unproven against the coronavirus, but being tested in clinical trials.

“I’m a smart guy,” he said, while acknowledging he couldn’t predict the drugs would work. “I feel good about it. And we’re going to see. You’re going to see soon enough.”

“I would hope that doctors would stick to the science and try to keep a cool head,” said Dr. Percio S. Gulko, chief of the division of rheumatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Somebody is prescribing it for people who are trying to get it, in some instances preventively. They may just be depriving the patients who do need it for an established indication, for a possibility or a speculation.” – New York Times

March 19, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference on the latest coronavirus developments. Earlier today, Cuomo warned New Yorkers to be prepared for the number of cases statewide to ‘jump astronomically’ overnight, as a record 8,000 tests were conducted yesterday. He is also expected to announce new population control measures following the executive order he signed last night requiring all businesses to have at least half of their employees work from home. There are 2,300 confirmed cases in New York state, including over 20 deaths. – Source: NOWTHIS Politics

Trump quotes from the press briefing:

“The media has been much nicer to me since social distancing”

“It’s too bad because we never had as good an economy as we had two weeks ago”

“When this hidden scourge is defeated I think we will go up rapidly.”

The drug Hydroxychloroquine, long used on malaria and arthritis patients, will be made available “almost immediately”

“There has never been a president in history to do what I’ve done.”

“It’s a medical war”

““The federal government’s not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping, you know, we’re not a shipping clerk,”

“We were very prepared. The only thing we weren’t prepared for was the media.”

“Someday, in five years I won’t be here. We’ve done a great job… (the media) is siding with China.”

FDA Says It Has Not Approved Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 Use

“I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus.” – Donald Trump

“I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!” – Trump/Twitter

March 18, 2020: “The ‘Chinese Virus'”

“I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus.” – Donald Trump

“I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!” – Trump/Twitter

March 17, 2020: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

Reported US coronavirus cases in March via @CNN:
3/1: 89
3/2: 105
3/3: 125
3/4: 159
3/5: 227
3/6: 331
3/7: 444
3/8: 564
3/9: 728
3/10: 1,000
3/11: 1,267
3/12: 1,645
3/13: 2,204
3/14: 2,826
3/15: 3,505
3/16: 4,466
3/17: 5,839

“I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic” – Donald Trump 3/17/2020

March 16, 2020

Asked what it was like to take the test, Trump says, “Not, not uh – something I want to do everyday…you know, it’s a little bit of a — it’s a little bit of — good doctors in the White House, but it’s a test. It’s a test. It’s a medical test. Nothing pleasant about it.”

Asked to rate his own performance: “I’d rate it a ten.” 

Trump tweets today:

“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” – Donald Trump / Twitter

March 15, 2020: “Relax”

Donald Trump urged Americans to refrain from panic buying basic supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic as the administration announced plans to expand testing for the virus and health officials were preparing to release “advanced guidelines” on how to mitigate its spread.

During a press briefing at the White House on Sunday evening, Trump again appeared to downplay the threat of the novel coronavirus. “Relax, we’re doing great,” he said, during short, meandering comments that focused mostly on celebrating a decision by the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. “It all will pass.”

The president’s remarks stood in marked contrast to his lead infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who used the same conference to warn: “The worst is ahead for us,” describing the crisis as reaching a “very, very critical point now”

– Source:

March 13, 2020

“I don’t take responsibility at all” – Donald Trump responding to question ‘do you take responsibility to the slow response to the virus in the U.S.

After denying that his administration was responsible for any failures in the roll-out of American coronavirus testing, Alcindor had asked Mr Trump: “You said that you don’t take responsibility, but you did disband the White House pandemic office, and the officials that were working in that office left this administration abruptly. So what responsibility do you take to that?” 

The US president responded by saying: “Well, I just think it’s a nasty question …You say we did that, I don’t know anything about it.”

March 11, 2020: Trump addresses the nation

“…Trump missed the mark completely. His Wednesday speech underlined his key weaknesses: His failure to do any homework, his narcissism and his half-baked policy ideas – CNN

“The thing that probably relaxes me most is the easygoing way Trump aides Stephen Miller, a white-nationalist disease expert, and Jared Kushner, an overglorified-realtor disease expert, put this extremely important and long-overdue speech together, not letting themselves get bogged down with stressful things like accuracy or clarity or purpose.” – Chicago Tribune

“President Donald Trump’s new European travel restrictions have a convenient side effect: They exempt nations where three Trump-owned golf resorts are located.

Trump is already under fire for visiting his properties in both countries as president, leading to U.S. taxpayer money being spent at his own firms. The president has been saddled with lawsuits and investigations throughout his term alleging that he’s violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting taxpayer money other than his salary.” – Politico

March 10, 2020 “A lot of good things are gonna happen”

Trump retweeted a post from conservative political activist Charlie Kirk, who referred to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the “China Virus.“ Kirk also exclaimed in his tweet, “Now, more than ever, we need the wall…the US stands a chance if we can get control of our borders.” Trump retweeted this and added the comment, “Going up fast. We need the wall more than ever!”

On March 10, Sean Hannity, Fox News’ most-watched host and a personal friend to Trump, accused the left of creating “hysteria”. He attempted to downplay Covid-19 by comparing it to the flu, and also suggested the Democratic frontrunner, Joe Biden, was using it as an excuse to cancel rallies. [ Source: The Guardian ]

“Our pathetic, slow moving Federal Reserve, headed by Jay Powell, who raised rates too fast and lowered too late, should get our Fed Rate down to the levels of our competitor nations. ” – Donald Trump / Twitter

March 8, 2020

“We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.” – Donald Trump

March 7, 2020

Trump golfs at International Golf Club West Palm Beach, Florida

After golfing he says: ““I like this stuff (science). I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

March 6, 2020: “Our numbers are lower”

“Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.” – Donald Trump

(visiting the CDC) “I like this stuff.  I really get it.  People are surprised I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability.’ Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

“Our numbers are lower than just about anybody” – Donald Trump

“Anybody who wants a test can get a test. That’s the bottom line.”

March 4, 2020: “Some of them go to work, but they get better”

“If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.” – Donald Trump

March 3, 2020: “Quickest response in modern history”

Trump touted his government’s response as the “quickest and most aggressive response in modern history,” contending he “marshalled American industry and science.”

And when it came time to start work on a possible vaccine, he claimed his team “raced” to get that complicated and time-consuming work started.


March 2, 2020: Vaccines “relatively soon”

President Donald Trump on Monday brushed off concerns that holding rallies presents a public health risk, even as companies are canceling major events and restricting travel. 

“These were set up a long time ago,” Trump told reporters Monday during his White House meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque.

“And you could ask that to the Democrats, because they’re having a lot of rallies, they’re all having rallies, they’re campaigning,” he added. “I think it’s safe, I think it’s very safe.”

“A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”

“They are going to have vaccines I think relatively soon” – Donald Trump

February 28, 2020: “Their new hoax”

“Keep America Great Rally” at North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, SC

During the campaign rally in South Carolina, Trump likened the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying “this is their new hoax.” During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu.

“We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”

“This is their new hoax” – Donald Trump 2/27/2020

February 27, 2020: “A miracle”

“One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” – Donald Trump / Twitter

February 26, 2020 “Couple of days…”

Trump tweets: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”

“We’re going down, not up.” – Donald Trump / Twitter

February 25, 2020

“People are getting better… they’re all getting better” – Donald Trump 2/26/2020

One day after the Dow Jones had its worst day in two years on coronavirus fears, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans that it is all but a certainty that the deadly virus will spread throughout the United States.

Today’s quotes from Trump:

“…the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus… They tried the impeachment hoax … and this is their new hoax.” (to Sean Hannity)

 “It was an outside source which nobody would have predicted six months or three months ago. Nobody would have ever predicted [it], but let’s see; I think it is going to be under control…. We do business with a lot of other countries and we take care. We want other countries to be happy, healthy, and well. They’ve got to be happy, healthy, and well. That is very simple.”

“I think [Coronavirus] is a problem that’s going to go away, but we lost almost a thousand points yesterday on the market and that’s something you know — things like that happen where and you have it in your business all the time — had nothing to do with you.”

“… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”

February 24, 2020

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” – Donald Trump / Twitter

February 10, 2020

“In April supposedly it dies with the hotter weather” – Trump 2/10/2020

February 2, 2020

“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.” – Trump 2/2/2020

February 1, 2020: Trump golfs for the 245th time as president

The [international] death toll from the coronavirus epidemic grew to 259 on Saturday as the eighth case was reported inside the United States.

As the outbreak grew, the president of the United States spent Saturday at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach while vacationing in Mar-a-Lago.

According to Trump Golf Count, it was his 245th day as president spent at a golf course.

Source: RawStory

January 24, 2020: Trump thanks China

Trump/Twitter 01/24/2020:

“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

January 12, 2020

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person … coming in from China” – Donald Trump 1/12/2020