President Donald Trump has resumed a starring role in the White House’s coronavirus briefing in hopes that he can shore up support for his administration’s work amid flagging poll numbers. (July 21)
DONALD TRUMP: Today I want to provide an update on our response to the China virus and what my administration is doing to get the outbreak in the Sunbelt under control-- seems largely in Sunbelt, but could be spreading. My team is also working night and day with Capitol Hill to advance the next economic relief package. We're working very hard on it. We're making a lot of progress. I also know that both sides want to get it done. We'll call it phase 4. I think we're going to get it done. We'll protect our workers, our schools, and our families and protect them very strongly.
As one family, we mourn every precious life that's been lost. I pledge in their honor that we will develop a vaccine, and we will defeat the virus. We're doing very well with vaccine development and therapeutic development. But I want to thank our brave doctors and nurses and frontline responders. The job they do is incredible, and they are truly brave.
It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better, something I don't like saying about things, but that's the way it is. It's the way-- it's what we have. You look over the world. It's all over the world. And it tends to do that.
We're instead asking Americans to use masks, socially distance, and employ vigorous hygiene. Wash your hands every chance you get while sheltering high-risk populations. We are imploring young Americans to avoid packed bars and other crowded indoor gatherings. Be safe and be smart.
Our goal is not merely to manage the pandemic but to end it. We want to get rid of it as soon as we can. That is why getting a vaccine remains a top priority. Two vaccine candidates are entering the final stage of clinical trials this month. This was achieved in record time. It used to be years before you were in a position like we are.