Expressing his fear for deadly coronavirus, US President Donald Trump states that the virus has frightened him off touching his face. This is contrary to the picture evidence though.
CNN journalist Ali Zaslav confirmed his remarks, two days after Trump was pictured at a briefing on coronavirus in the White House with his arms folded tightly across his chest. But another snap taken on one of his cheeks during the same meeting shows Trump with a smile.
The president’s admission of scratching his face drew laughter–while Trump is a well-known germaphobe and is said to get irritated when it causes him to cough or sneeze. He made the announcement as the total number of people in the US withCovid-19–the coronavirus-caused disease–soared to 140. A maximum of 11 people died in the United States, nine in the Seattle area, and one in Sacramento, California.
Trump Explains Coronavirus Severity
Medics have cautioned that infections with coronavirus can occur when people touch infected surfaces with the disease. Further, then wipe their mouths, eyes or nose with unwashed hands. Trump has tried to play down the virus’s severity. He tweeted last week,’ Coronavirus is still very much under US surveillance.’
He also repeatedly accused the Democrats of targeting his outbreak response. It is in an attempt to damage his administration and disrupt his reelection campaign in 2020.
The president spoke as U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow also said the epidemic was’ pretty close to airtight.’
But critics accused Trump of playing down the seriousness of the virus. This is in a bid to stop the U.S. economy from tanking. Last week, markets suffered record plunges, with America’s central bank. It is the Federal Reserve–lowering interest rates by half a percentage point Tuesday in an economic stimulus offer. The last time a cut has been made was in the financial crisis of 2008.