US President Donald Trump - in an extraordinary manner - announced on Thursday that he does not have the coronavirus after having been tested that morning. He delivered the news in a dramatic way that left netizens pondering whether they actually understood his message. According to Trump, he "tested very positively in another sense". To be more precise, he "tested positively toward negative".
Trump described his test results as "perfect". In the end, the President finally clarified that he had again tested negative for the coronavirus.
Here is a quote from Trump:— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 21, 2020
"I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative." pic.twitter.com/xA0DBUcfr9
The flowery quote immediately caused waves on Twitter, as users went on to try and decipher the message.
I’m positively in pain from listening to that.— Hamish Mitchell (@H_MitchellPhoto) May 21, 2020
Why is it so difficult for him to say “I tested negative for the virus again just this morning?”— JAM (@Eviljohna) May 21, 2020
I’m positive that a Trump brain MRI would read negative. Wait, I mean positive? No, negative. Wait...positive?— Dr. Zoidberg (@psuvafan007) May 21, 2020
The netizens remembered pretty much every praise Trump gave himself for his eloquence.
when you said what you said that I did not really hear I heard what you said but it was not what i said when you said it was really not said but I said yes it was what I thought but not what I meant when you said it you said it being you said what I heard was not what you said— Essence of Lursa Stands with Joe Biden 🐾☂️🦎🌊 (@KapeciaResists) May 21, 2020
Twitterati also noted that Trump tends to be "sarcastic" often, noting that calling everything a joke may eventually stop working, especially in the light of the upcoming presidential election.
@GOP This WILL be a part of many Democratic campaigns. And if anybody dares to say he was "just joking" or being "sarcastic", he's already used up all those playing cards.— guitr25 (@guitr25) May 21, 2020
And some even got creative and went on to make a parody.
Earlier in the week, Trump claimed that he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against COVID-19, receiving criticizm and concern from medical professionals for supporting the use of an anti-malaria drug that has not been clinically confirmed to be effective against the coronavirus. Following the claim that was taking the drug, Trump then announced that he would end his purported hydroxychloroquine regimen before the end of the week.