probably not the best use of words in the middle of a pandemic https://t.co/hkSpGjFFDv
— snow??anomics?? (@snowmanomics) March 22, 2020
These briefings now run an average of 90 minutes — about the length of a Trump rally. Imagine that!
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) March 22, 2020
Another part of @JonLemire piece. Taken as a whole it appears that Trump’s ego and his not allowing any one to challenge him is having a big negative impact on the WH response. https://t.co/FtF567B6nF
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 23, 2020
I turned on the evening news (yes, I’m an old) and was inadvertently exposed to the Oval Office Occupant doing a live prime-time broadcast. Man actually looks like an addict in need of a fix — sweating, snuffling, shifting from foot to foot. Hastily pulling away from the podium when ‘challenged’ by some halfway serious question from the attending reporters, then barging back to take the mic away from his minions as if seeing someone else draw the cameras caused him actual physical pain. Networks should really stop broadcasting these sh*tshowers, if only because they’re not good for innocent viewers’ morale…
… Now, as the coronavirus crisis threatens his presidency, and upends his campaign for reelection, Trump is rapidly losing patience with the medical professionals who have made the case day after day that the only way to prevent a catastrophic loss of life is to essentially shut down the country — to minimize transmission and “flatten the curve” so hospitals aren’t overwhelmed with critical patients.
The president also has been furious that his efforts to halt the harrowing drop in the stock market have so far proven ineffective. He has been calling friends and economists at all hours and berated aides and reporters who try to persuade him to recognize the severity of the outbreak.
Beyond the crisis, he has been agitated that he can’t run the campaign he wants against Democrat Joe Biden, and he has used daily, hour-long briefings as near proxies for his campaign rallies, guaranteed to attract attention and to maintain the backing of his fervent political case…
For Trump, that feeling is magnified by walling himself off during the crisis. Unable to travel and unsure of what to do, he’s been crashing West Wing meetings, often forcing staffers to hurriedly adjust agendas as the president frequently gets in the way of health professionals trying to chart a course of action.
While some around him have suggested that he should only appear when there is big news to announce, Trump has been missing the spotlight and has told people that he knows the nation is watching the briefings and doesn’t want to give up the stage.