Editor’s Note: Everyone’s got an opinion, but who has the facts? At LibertyNation.com, we like to say, “Truth is Making a Comeback because Facts Matter.” Each week, we cut through the noise to bring you some of the lesser-reported highlights of the president’s week.
Monday, March 9
President Trump attended fundraising events in Florida before returning to the White House in the afternoon. As usual, he tweeted about a wide range of subjects, but COVD-19 was never far from his mind, it appears, as he continued to try to calm nerves. “So last year,” he wrote mid-morning, “37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” That evening, the president took part in a coronavirus press briefing.
After meeting with representatives of the health insurance industry, the president spoke on Capitol Hill with Republican lawmakers. He made remarks to the press and was asked whether he would get tested for COVID-19. “I feel very good,” Trump told reporters, “but I guess it’s not a big deal to get tested and it’s something I would do… There’s no symptoms, no anything.” He then added: “If there were, you people would be the first to know it. You would — you would maybe even tell me about it.”
Later, Trump awarded the Presidential Medial of Freedom to retired four-star Army General Jack Keane.
Wednesday, March 11
The coronavirus situation dominated much of Trump’s schedule once again. In the afternoon, he held a meeting in the White House Cabinet Room with representatives of the banking sector. In the evening, the president addressed the nation and announced a 30-day suspension of all travel to the U.S. from Europe.
Thursday, March 12
The president met at the White House with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Later, he received and intelligence briefing. On Twitter, Trump addressed the current effort in Congress to re-authorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). He wrote: “Many Republican Senators want me to Veto the FISA Bill until we find out what led to, and happened with, the illegal attempted “coup” of the duly elected President of the United States, and others!”
Friday, March 13
Trump held a coronavirus response meeting with industry executives and, later, held a press conference at which he announced his intention to declare a national emergency in order to strengthen federal government and interstate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.