United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic “will probably get worse before it gets better’’.
Speaking at a White House news briefing, Trump noted the rising cases in southern and western states of the country, especially Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better, something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the acknowledgement deviated from the president’s recent positive predictions about the pandemic.
Until the rise in new cases, Trump had downplayed the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. and was even pressuring states for reopening of the economy.
He had threatened to withdraw funding from higher institutions that refused to resume in-person classes in the impending new academic year.
At Tuesday’s news briefing, the president also urged Americans, especially young people, to wear masks where physical distancing was impossible.
- Tolulope Aina is an Health and Safety Journalist, Digital Media Savvy, PR/Brand & Marketing Communications Specialist, Mediapreneur and Lawyer.