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Trump admits coronavirus "gets worse before it gets better" at comeback briefing


President Donald Trump admitted Tuesday that the worst of COVID-19 was still ahead when he held his first coronavirus briefing at the White House in April.

"Unfortunately, it will likely get worse before it gets better – something I don't like to say about things," Trump said of the ongoing global health crisis. "But that's how it is, that's how it is – that's how we have it."

"You see the world, it is all over the world," he said, distracting from the severity of the pandemic in the US, adding that viruses "tend" to deteriorate before they improve.

As of Tuesday, there are more than 3.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., well above the infection rate reported in any other country, and the death toll is 141,000.

The country with the second highest number of cases is Brazil with more than 2.1 million.

The president urged that Americans wear masks and bars instead of a current cure, vaccine, or therapy for the virus.

"Instead, we urge Americans to use masks, maintain social distance, and maintain strict hygiene – wash your hands whenever possible – while protecting risk populations," said Trump's panelist.

"We are asking young Americans to avoid crowded bars and other crowded indoor gatherings," he encouraged them. "Be safe and be smart."

The order comes a day after the president tweeted that it was "patriotic" to wear a mask, along with a black and white photo of his face covering on his last trip to visit wounded troops in Walter Reed.

Trump also suggested during the briefing not to judge him by the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic when they cast their ballots in November – as the president's approval rate has waned, especially as he coped with the crisis.

"Do you want the American people to judge you by how you dealt with this pandemic so far in the November vote?" A masked reporter asked Trump during the conference.

"Among other things – I think the American people will judge us by that," Trump began before making a list of his accomplishments.

President Donald Trump admitted during his comeback coronavirus briefing on Tuesday: "Unfortunately, it (coronavirus) is likely to get worse before it gets better – something I don't like to say about things."

The president stopped attending the briefings in April and they stopped altogether a few weeks later after Trump proposed to inject bleach to treat the virus

The president stopped attending the briefings in April and they stopped altogether a few weeks later after Trump proposed to inject bleach to treat the virus

Problems with the sun belt: Trump admitted that coronavirus cases increased faster in some states than in others, such as Texas, Florida and Southern California

Problems with the sun belt: Trump admitted that coronavirus cases increased faster in some states than in others, such as Texas, Florida and Southern California

Trump announced in the Oval Office on Monday that he would withdraw the briefings, claiming it was important for him to address Americans directly about the White House response in the midst of the prevailing upswing

Trump announced in the Oval Office on Monday that he would withdraw the briefings, claiming it was important for him to address Americans directly about the White House response in the midst of the prevailing upswing

The number of new cases of coronavirus has skyrocketed in the past month after massive nationwide protests against Black Live Matter and easing orders have been eased

The number of new cases of coronavirus has skyrocketed in the past month, following massive nationwide protests against Black Live Matter and the release of blocking orders

The country's leading immunologist, Dr. was strikingly absent from the comeback press conference. Anthony Fauci, who once stood on the podium of the James S. Brady Briefing Room when the task force started daily briefings in March

The country's leading immunologist, Dr. was strikingly absent from the comeback press conference. Anthony Fauci, who once stood on the podium of the James S. Brady Briefing Room when the task force started daily briefings in March

"You will judge us by the economy I have created," he said. & # 39; Next year will be a record year. And I think they'll judge me by that. I think they'll judge me after tax cuts and regulatory cuts … after the military rebuild. How we dealt with the VA. & # 39;

"You will judge me by all the things we did," said the President, complaining that he would still be making progress without the virus.

Trump also spoke extensively about his personal thoughts on wearing a mask when questioned about his decision not to wear one at a $ 5 million fundraiser at his Washington, DC hotel – just hours after he said had it was "patriotic" to wear one.

"I have the mask here," Trump said, pulling out a mask with the President's seal to show reporters.

"I actually do it when I need it. I'm wearing the mask, ”said Trump. & # 39; I will be happy to use it. No problem with that, «Trump said.

He defended his decision not to wear a mask during the fundraiser. "I don't know the hotel – I was pretty far from people," Trump said, noting that he and the participants had been tested for the deadly virus that infected over 3.5 million Americans.

"If you were close to each other, I would put the mask on," he urged the Americans.

"If you can use the mask, if you can use the mask, if you are close, if you are in a group, I would put it on."

Trump, who held a rally in Tulsa last month that saw over 6,000 people take part in a hall, even said that the standard six-foot instruction on social distancing might not be strong enough.

"Six feet is common sense to me," Trump said. "I want to say go a little further."

"I'm getting used to the mask," said Trump, who mocked rival Joe Biden as a mask looked at him.

He spoke without a mask and answered a question from masked NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker.

Trump also expressed respect for the army of agents protecting him – some of whom tested positive for the virus after his rally in the Tulsa campaign.

"When I'm in a group – when I'm in an elevator and other people are with me. Including like security guards, it's not their fault. You have to be in the elevator. I want to protect her too. I put on a mask, «Trump said.

& # 39; Think about patriotism. Maybe it is. It helps, "Trump said at a briefing where the continued optimistic president said things would" get worse before they get better ".

But that didn't stop Trump from noticing that experts were pushing against it at the beginning of the pandemic, when there were masks across the country. "If you change your mind, that's good enough for me," Trump said.

Trump announced during a meeting with GOP lawmakers and government officials on Monday that he would bring back the daily prime briefings to inform Americans directly about the White House response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I have the mask here," Trump said as he defended his decision not to wear a donation at his DC hotel

"I have the mask here," Trump said as he defended his decision not to wear a donation at his DC hotel

At the comeback press conference, the country's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a top member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force since its inception in March, is strikingly absent.

Fauci said he had not been asked to appear at the President's first briefing.

"I was not invited until then," Fauci told CNN on Tuesday afternoon, just an hour before the president was due to speak on the podium and talk about the coronavirus amid a prevalence of new infections.

"I assume that I will not be there because it will be in a short time and I am still here at the NIH," said Fauci, the quietly spoken epidemiologist who advised presidents on outbreaks decades ago.

Trump said at the briefing that he was working with lawmakers to pass a fourth phase stimulus package in Congress, and said his government was working on a strategy to fight the virus.

"Some areas of our country are doing very well, others are doing less well," Trump said, admitting that the areas in the so-called "sun belt" like Florida, Texas and Southern California are more affected by the US resurgence of the virus.

Fauci told CNN on Tuesday that he had visited the White House on Monday, but he hadn't spoken to Trump since last week – on a dramatic day about which medical experts Trump might accompany him to the podium.

He said he had a "good long talk" with Trump late last week.

Fauci asked a number of questions about the pandemic, vaccines, and tests during the interview, which he agreed needed to be improved.

Reports from a number of states show that people wait longer than a week for the results of COVID-19 tests – which can interfere with efforts to track contacts and prevent the spread of infections. The USA has about a quarter of the cases worldwide after a long rise.

"We still have to improve it," Fauci admitted.

& # 39; Some places do it right. Others sometimes measure the timeframe in a few days from when you get a test to when you get the result back. If this is the case, the purpose of contact tracking is somehow negated, ”he said. The persecution is designed to identify others who may have caught or spread the disease.

Amid public confusion, Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said he didn't know if Fauci would be included in President Donald Trump's first newly launched briefing. Pence, who was out and about in South Carolina on Tuesday, was twice pressured by DailyMail.com whether Fauci would participate.

"I'd leave that to the White House today," Pence finally said after pointing out how task force members like Dr. Deborah Birx have been deployed across the country and recently informed the press, except in the White House.

Pence's comments came after General Surgeon Jerome Adams, a key member of the task force, said Tuesday morning that he didn't know who would attend – and whether Fauci would be admitted.

'They still find out. I know we will be in our different roles when they resume, "Adams said to CBS" This Morning. "

Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday during a trip to South Carolina that he would leave it to the White House to decide whether Fauci would join Trump at Tuesday's restart meeting will

Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday during a trip to South Carolina that he would leave it to the White House to decide whether Fauci would join Trump at Tuesday's restart meeting will

President Donald Trump may be flying alone on his return to his coronavirus briefings on Tuesday, with no task force members signing up for him - when he announced on Monday that he would bring daily events back to prime time

President Donald Trump may be flying alone on his return to his coronavirus briefings on Tuesday, with no task force members signing up for him – as he announced on Monday, he brought the daily events back to prime time

The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx (right), has often appeared on the podium with Trump even in the absence of Fauci

The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx (right), has often appeared on the podium with Trump – even in Fauci's absence

"As people know, I am a strong supporter of raising awareness of the impact on color communities, particularly African Americans, and Hispanics in particular," he continued without providing any further information.

He was asked whether he, Fauci or the task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx who would attend the briefing.

Fauci went on the air to defend himself, even if he doesn't make it to the briefing on Tuesday.

On Monday evening, he replied to Trump's claim that he was "a bit alarming".

"I consider myself a realist versus an alarmist," he said in an Instagram live interview with Maria Shriver.

"I'm a realist, but I'm also an optimist," he said.

He also agreed that Trump's characterization of him was unfair, although he expressed it in his typically selfless manner.

"I think so, but on the other hand, others have different opinions," said Fauci.

President Trump touted the return of the briefings on Monday at the White House after seeing his approval rating decline as US infections and coronavirus deaths increased.

"We will be giving you a lot of information over the next week and weeks – I think it is very important to do so," Trump said when he spoke to the Republican leadership after his meeting in the Oval Office with the press.

In this file photo dated April 17, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the corona virus, as President Donald Trump is listening, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington

In this file photo dated April 17, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the corona virus, as President Donald Trump is listening, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington

Trump stopped appearing at the almost daily press conferences after an update in the White House meeting room got off the rails after Trump suggested injecting bleach or light into the body as a possible treatment for coronavirus.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also appeared to be in the dark about whether he would attend the briefing.

"I would imagine that I would be at least with some of them, but we haven't heard anything in particular," he told NPR. "I mean, if you want me there, I'm more than happy to be there," he said.

Vice President Mike Pence, a common presence, and the person who led briefings in Trump's absence will travel to South Carolina on Tuesday. He was Seema Mehta, the director of Medicare and Medicaid Services, accompanied.

Fauci still has an appearance. The Washington Nationals invited him to throw ceremonial first place in their Thursday opening game – a role historically many US presidents have played.

He is said to be interviewed on Tuesday afternoon shortly before the CNN briefing.

White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News that the briefings were "short" and "very new." She said the president could sometimes bring other officials with him and address other issues besides the corona virus.

CNN reported that no members of the Coronavirus Task Force should join the president.

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