After touring a Honeywell factory in Arizona, which was converted to produce N95 masks, President Trump sat down for an interview with ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir. And during the interview, Muir slapped Trump with a gotcha question about whether or not there would be deaths from the coronavirus while the country reopened.
Of course, you can never get the number to zero, but Trump’s acknowledgment gave them something to pounce on and smear him with.
The first question Muir shared from their interview was fair enough. “How do you save livelihoods, without risking more lives?” Trump responded by saying the biggest decision he’s ever had to make was closing the country and he was putting just as much thought into reopening.
Citing a comment by Dr. Anthony Fauci of the Coronavirus Task Force, Muir wanted to know, how much death and suffering was Trump willing to accept to reopen the economy:
I want to ask you about what Dr. Fauci said last night about the reopening of the country. He said, “it’s the balance of something that’s a very difficult choice. How many deaths and how much suffering are you willing to accept to get back where you want to be?” Do you see it that way? Do you believe that’s the reality we’re facing that — that lives will be lost to reopen the country?
“It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump said, acknowledging the reality of things. “But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.”
That was all ABC needed to spin the narrative that the President was fine with sacrificing lives, as long as the economy was fine.
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After sharing a portion of the interview, Muir brought on anti-Trump White House correspondent Cecilia Vega and declared: “And first Cecilia, the President, you heard there acknowledging the potential cost in lives as he tries to reopen the country. That was significant from the President today.”
Vega’s response was vile. As if Trump had said he didn’t care about their lives at all, she called it a “pretty striking admission” and added: “Just think about it, he says that they’re still going to move ahead with reopening the country, but that there will indeed be lives lost. Look, he’s called this, in the past, the most difficult decision of his presidency. When to make this decision and how to make this design of when to reopen the country.”
To back up her suggestion, Vega argued that “his administration and the President himself are laser-focused on the economy right now.” She also argued that Trump had put the responsibility for lost lives on governors, so they wouldn’t be on his hands. “Really David, right now the onus is on the states and on the governors when and how to decide and that’s exactly where the White House wants this,” she proclaimed.
If you have a pain in your neck, that’s from the intense narrative-whiplash the liberal media have been pulling on whose authority it was to shut down and reopen economies.
In the beginning, the liberal media decried Trump for not unilaterally closing the country (no governors involved), then they decried him for saying he had the authority to reopen unilaterally (no governors involved). Now, they’re saying Trump giving the authority to governors was some kind of blame-shifting plot. You can’t make this up.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.