President Donald Trump returned to the White House podium yesterday and offered a stark warning about the progression of the coronavirus, urging Americans to wear a mask as he predicted the spread of the disease will worsen before it improves.
"It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better," Trump acknowledged. "Something I don't like saying about things, but that's the way it is." He also encouraged young people to avoid crowded bars and to "be smart." Trump, who was not wearing a mask himself, said he carries one and that he is "getting used" to it.
Trump offered up a positive assessment of his administration’s response to the virus, saying scientists have "learned so much about this disease" and predicting vaccines would be coming a lot sooner than anyone thought possible." He also repeated his assertion the virus will eventually "disappear," and insisted the American response to the pandemic was "much better" than in other places.
Trump appeared from the podium by himself, unaccompanied by any of the health experts who comprise the White House coronavirus task force, including Dr. Fauci. The briefing lasted about thirty minutes.