Donald Trump must have realized when he does his repeated interviews on Fox News he is preaching to the same people over and over again. So, for the first time in months, he ventured outside of his comfort zone for an interview with ABC’s David Muir.
"World News Tonight" is the most-watched program in the USA right now, averaging 10.5 million viewers due to heightened interest in Covid-19. Far higher-rated than any of his Fox faves. pic.twitter.com/4FFDsbEMkx
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 5, 2020
In addition to the president’s acknowledgement directly to Muir that it’s “possible there will be some” deaths as a cost of reopening the country, the president also acknowledged during his visit to Arizona that there will be some who are “affected badly” by the decision.
“Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon,” Trump said, directly acknowledging there will be a real, negative human cost in prioritizing an economic revival over a more cautious approach in favor of public health.
One of the most frustrating moments of the interview came as Muir asked why Trump didn’t restock supplies for a pandemic in the first three years of his presidency.
ABC: You’re three years into your term. What did you do when you became president to restock those cupboards that you say are bare?
TRUMP: “Well, I’ll be honest, uh, I have a lot of things going on.” pic.twitter.com/7l9v3dgrOz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
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