Trump: If I Didn't Do These News Conferences, People 'Would Believe Fake News'

By Susan Jones | April 7, 2020 | 5:01am EDT
President Trump holds his daily coronavirus briefing on April 6, 2020. (Photo: Screen capture)
President Trump holds his daily coronavirus briefing on April 6, 2020. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - President Trump's daily news conferences, conducted with members of his coronavirus task force, are an antidote to "fake news," the president said at Monday's event.

"Everybody's amazed at the job we're doing and the public is starting to find out...you know, one of the reasons I do these news conferences is, because if I didn't, they would believe fake news. And we can't let them believe fake news.

"They see us up here, they see us with admirals, they see us with this talent, they see the job that Mike Pence has done, which has been an unbelievable job -- unbelievable job."

Trump noted that he made the right move when he made Vice President Pence the chairman of the task force: "I thought he'd do well. He did great as the governor of Indiana, and I thought Mike would do well. He's done much better than well, and he gets along with people -- I think much better than I do, because I like people being 100 -- Mike can put up with things that sometimes I say, it's amazing that he can put with put up with it. But he's done an incredible job, and so has the entire team."

Trump said he wishes that the nation's governors and mayors "would say to you what they say to us," because "they're extremely happy with what we're doing."

Trump criticized Democrats such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who have criticized him:

"They view this as a campaign issue," Trump said about the coronoavirus. "They want to make Trump look as bad as they can because they want to try to win an election that they shouldn't be allowed to win based on the fact that we have done a great job. We built the greatest economy in the world. I'll do it a second time," Trump promised.

"We got artificially stopped by a virus that nobody ever thought possible, and we've handled it and we've built a team and we've built an apparatus that's been unbelievable."

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