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Trump addresses his change of tone in coronavirus response

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President Trump on Tuesday addressed his change of tone regarding the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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- A lot of Americans are maybe surprised at your change of tone over all of this, a more perhaps realistic tone, some would look at it that way, the sudden embrace of masks, social distancing, the--

PRES. DONALD TRUMP: Well I've always agreed with that. I mean, I've never fought either one, but certainly social distancing, I want to-- that's common sense. Six feet for me is common sense. I'd like to say maybe make it a little bit further.

- The idea that things will get worse perhaps before they get better here, and perhaps the realization that this resurgence, if you will, is for real when you used to talk about it in terms of little fires being put out here and there. Would you have a response?

PRES. DONALD TRUMP: Now we have embers and fires, and we have big fires. And unfortunately now, Florida is in a little tough or in a big, tough position. You have a great governor there.

You have a great governor in Texas. You have people that are very, very skilled people, and I think they're going to handle it very well. Their hospital capacities are holding up, but Texas is a big state. And it's very well-run, and so is Florida. And I think they'll do a very good job.

- You're changing your tone though, sir?

PRES. DONALD TRUMP: You go ahead.

- I just wanted to ask.

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