Reeling from polls predicting defeat in November’s election, President Donald Trump struck a newly serious tone on the coronavirus crisis Tuesday, acknowledging that a disease he has frequently played down would “get worse.”
“Some areas of our country are doing very well,” Trump said at his first formal White House briefing on the pandemic in almost three months.
“Others are doing less well,” the president said. “It will probably, unfortunately get worse before it gets better.”
The return to presidential coronavirus briefings — abandoned in late April after Trump drew ridicule for musing on the potential for injecting coronavirus patients with household disinfectant — was part of a concerted bid to take back control of the message.