The conference has now wrapped up.
One of the last things Trump was asked about was whether he has been inciting violence by calling for people to liberate states.
“They’ve got cabin fever,” he said. “They want to get back. They want their life back. Their life was taken away from them. And you know, they learned a lot during this period. They learned to do things differently than they have in the past and they’ll do it hopefully until the virus has passed. And when the virus passes, I hope we’re going to be sitting next to each other at baseball games, football games, basketball games, ice hockey games. I hope we’re going to be sitting next to each other. The Masters is going to have 100,000 people, not 25 people watching at the course.”
He adds: “I’ve never seen so many American flags at a rally as I’ve seen at these rallies. These people love our country. They want to get back to work.
Things are really going downhill at the White House briefing. CNN’s reporter has just asked Trump if he was duped by President Xi on the virus. “You people are so pathetic at CNN” is Trump’s response.
In terms of actual news from this press conference, the top line seems to be that he says a deal with the Democrats is close on the latest relief bill for small businesses and workers … and could be resolved as soon as tomorrow.
We’re going to get straight into Donald Trump’s daily news conference, where angry exchanges with journalists are continuing in the question and answer phase. He’s just been asked by a CNN journalist why he (Trump) finds it necessary to play video clips in his conferences praising his response to the virus. Trump is very unhappy about the question.
“What I’m doing is I’m standing up for the men and women that have done such an incredible job,” he says. “Nothing is about me.”
He continued: “You are fake news, you are CNN,”
“You’re never going to treat me fairly, many of you. And I understand that. I got here with the worst, most unfair press treatment they say in the history of the United States for a president. They did say Abraham Lincoln had very bad treatment, too.”
This follow two angry exchanges with female journalists. One asked him why he didn’t warn Americans about the virus earlier. Trump responded by asking the reporter which network she was from (CBS). She followed up her question and he tells her to “relax”. He didn’t answer and went back to his stock answer that he put a ban on flights from China in the end of January.
He then got quite angry. In a back and forth with the reporter, Trump told her to “keep your voice down”, then shouted at her that she should say to him “thank you very much for (my) good judgement”.
He has since digressed to what he calls the poor treatment of General Michael Flynn, who was briefly a national security adviser to the president. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office and the president is considering pardoning him.
Trump says the FBI treated him badly and describes the FBI as “human scum”.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a summary of the main news to get us started:
- The global death toll is approaching 165,000, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The total number of infections worldwide is at 2,394,291.
- President Trump criticises the WHO, China and World Trade Organization at his daily press conference, and also says he would be prepared to give aid to Iran over the pandemic.
- US deaths have passed 40,000, with more than 755,000 infections.
- US governors have accused Donald Trump of making “delusional” and “dangerous” statements amid mounting tensions between the president and state leaders over coronavirus testing and pressure to roll back stay-at-home measures.
- Italy said on Sunday that deaths from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 433, the lowest daily tally in a week, and the number of new cases slowed to 3,047 from a previous 3,491.
- Turkey’s death toll has passed 2,000, with the announcement of 127 new deaths bringing the official death toll to 2,017.
- Poland recorded its biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Sunday with 545 new infections registered, a day before the country plans to ease some of its restrictions.
- Iran will extend leave for prisoners for one more month, President Hassan Rouhani announced on Sunday, after the country temporarily released 100,000 detainees to combat the spread of coronavirus.
- Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US president Donald Trump have agreed on a phone call to cooperate in protecting healthcare and economies from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The British government will charter flights to repatriate the most vulnerable Britons stranded in New Zealand this week.
- France has doubled its production of face masks from 4m to 8m a week and there are now enough for essential healthcare and frontline staff.
- Peru has reported over 15,000 cases of coronavirus, the second-highest tally in Latin America after Brazil. The country has reported a total of 15,628 cases and 400 deaths, according to the health ministry.
- Tunisia is extending its lockdown to 4 May, then it will ease restrictions gradually on some economic activities, prime minister Elyes Fakhfakh has said.
- Thousands of Israelis have demonstrated against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu while maintaining social distancing measures, calling on Gantz’s Blue and White party not to join in a coalition led by a premier charged with corruption.
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