Raw Story reports:
President Donald Trump boasted about the state of economy Monday afternoon, not even an hour after the markets closed on the worst day of investor panic in two years. Analysts broadly agreed that the sudden stock market plunge was a result of the emerging coronavirus pandemic, which started in China but has spread to Italy, South Korea and elsewhere, triggering expectations that it could be harder to contain than had been hoped.
The fact that Trump would tell such an absurd lie about the stock market on its worst day in two years is deeply disturbing. We need no new evidence that he’s an unrepentant liar, of course, but this kind of outright deception and effort to instill distrust of other news sources is extremely dangerous in the time of a public health emergency. Citizens and institutions need to be able to look to the government for reliable information to keep themselves safe.
The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
In May 2018, Trump ordered the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down.https://t.co/QyKGYfG8z4
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) February 24, 2020
rest easy everyone, the guy who said to rake the forest and water-bomb the cathedral and nuke the hurricane knows exactly how to handle this global pandemic thing
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 24, 2020