Coronavirus (COVID-19) World

Sat 25 April 2020:

A poll published Thursday showed that most Americans — and a crushing majority of Democrats — don’t believe Trump when it comes to the medical emergency facing the country.

Only 28 percent prefer Trump to their state and local governments for information on the virus, the AP-NORC poll found. Only 23 percent said they have quite a bit or more trust in the information he gives on the coronavirus.

Sixty percent say he should listen to the experts more.

Brett McGurk, a veteran diplomat and outspoken Trump opponent who resigned over disagreements on Syria, said Trump won’t change and his aides will never escape the confusion.

“On any issue, the crazy will catch up to you,” he wrote on Twitter. “There’s no policy: You’re always a Tweet away from all going sideways.”

New White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the disinfectant headlines nonsense, saying Trump has always told Americans to “consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment.”

“Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context.”

As for Trump, there’s no questioning his self-belief.

“I like this stuff. I really get it,” he said in March, early in the crisis, about preparations to fight the virus.

Trump said doctors keep asking him “How do you know so much?”

“Maybe I have a natural ability,” he mused, recalling that he had an uncle whom he describes as a “great super genius.”

“Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

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