In a series of Tuesday morning tweets, the US president focused his attention on everything ranging from the Democratic primary to the ratings received by Fox News’ morning program “Fox and Friends.”
Wow! @foxandfriends blew away the competition of Morning Joke (which did very poorly) on MSDNC (Another Comcast sleaze production), and @CNN’s New Day, in the Morning Television Ratings. A total blowout, but that’s what you get when you treat “Trump” fairly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2020
Trump briefly touched on the coronavirus in a post, claiming the White House coronavirus task force has been doing a “great job” at tackling the issue. However, there have been at least 791 cases confirmed in the states, and several lawmakers, including three who recently came into contact with the US president, have quarantined themselves.
Netizens did not respond positively to the president’s boasting about Fox News’ ratings.
THE 8 LARGEST DOW JONES DROPS IN HISTORY.— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) March 10, 2020
1. Trump, 3/9/20: -2,014
2. Trump, 2/27/20: -1,191
3. Trump, 2/5/18: -1,175
4. Trump, 2/8/18: -1,032
5. Trump, 2/24/20: -1,031
6. Trump, 2/25/20: -879
7. Trump, 10/10/18: -831
8. Trump, 8/14/19: -800
TIRED OF “WINNING” YET?#TrumpSlump
Americans are dying in a pandemic and our ratings-obsessed president is watching himself on Racist Romper Room again— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 10, 2020
I don't want 4 more minutes, personally.— Paul Goodwin (@ThePaulGoodwin) March 10, 2020
Remember that part in the Bible when sick people came to Jesus and he told them about the latest tv ratings?— Liddle’ Savage (@littledeekay) March 10, 2020
Still focused on Television Ratings NOT the health and economic crises. Priorities!— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) March 10, 2020
Despite Trump’s contact in recent days with now-quarantined lawmakers Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and incoming White House Chief of Staff Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham revealed on Monday that the US president “has not received COVID-19 testing."
Grisham asserted the president “has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms.”
"Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him,” she added.
The US president doubled down on the positive state of his health during a Tuesday afternoon conference with reporters, noting that he felt “extremely good” and didn’t “feel any reason” to undergo testing.
Trump asked about getting tested for coronavirus:— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) March 10, 2020
"I don’t think it’s a big deal. I would do it. I don’t feel that — any reason. I feel extremely good … spoke to the White House doctor … he said he sees no reason to do it. There’s no symptoms, no anything.” pic.twitter.com/67L0lRJsbz
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 8,500 specimens have been tested for COVID-19 in the country since January. It’s worth noting that the number of specimens tested does not necessarily equate to the count of individuals tested, because multiple specimens are required from patients.