'Morning Joe' Slams White House for Coronavirus 'Credibility Crisis'

“We have no idea when he actually tested positive,” says co-host Mika Brzezinski four days after President Trump tweeted he tested positive for COVID-19

The Trump administration was criticized by the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday for its “non-answers and outright lies” about the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski started off the show Monday morning by playing a clip of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Sunday repeatedly refusing to provide a detailed timeline when Trump was COVID-19 tested.

Late Thursday night, the president tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump had been diagnosed with the virus and on Friday, he was by helicopter to Walter Reed Hospital. There was confusion over the weekend after his doctor laid out a timeline that suggested he’d been diagnosed Wednesday, then walked that back. Then followed various statements on the president’s oxygen levels dipping, none of them conclusive.

“That is how forthcoming the White House has been with information regarding the president’s COVID-19 testing. We have no idea when he actually tested positive,” said Brzezinski.

Joe Scarborough summed it up before tossing to AP White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, saying, “What we know Monday morning is this: The White House lied repeatedly about the president’s condition on Friday. The White House doctors lied repeatedly about the president’s condition on Saturday. The White House doctors admitted on Sunday, in fact, that they had lied about the president’s condition on Saturday and there was the suggestion they did so so as not to upset their patient, which is their primary concern.”

Lemire said, “Let’s say this right up front, Joe. This is a national security threat and the White House has a credibility crisis. There has been mixed messaging and non-answers and outright lies since Friday when the president was taken on Marine One from the White House to Walter Reed Medical Center.”

On Sunday, doctors said Trump responded well to treatment and his condition has continued to improve, enough so that he might be released from the hospital as early as Monday. They also revealed new details that the president’s condition was more serious than previously disclosed.

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12 Trump Tweets About the Coronavirus That Are Super Awkward Right Now (Photos)

  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, which makes looking back on some of his tweets over the past 10 months pretty… ironic. 

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  • On Jan. 24, the president was sure “it will all work out well.” He even personally thanked China’s President Xi.


  • On March 18, he assured us that he “always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously.”


  • On May 24, he said mail-in ballots would create a “rigged election… Trying to use Covid for this Scam!”


  • On May 25, he claimied “great reviews” on his handling of COVID-19, “sometimes referred to as the China Virus.”


  • Here’s a gem from May 28: “All over the World the CoronaVirus, a very bad ‘gift’ from China, marches on. Not good!”


  • On June 15, he complained that the “Far Left Fake News Media” is trying to “Covid Shame us on our big Rallies.” This topic came up again few months later, at the first presidential debate, when Trump bragged that there has been “no negative effect” from his 35,000-40,000 person, largely-maskless, mid-pandemic outdoor rallies.


  • Months before the U.S. deaths surpassed 200,000, Trump tweeted on June 25, “Coronavirus deaths are way down. Mortality rate is one of the lowest in the World.”


  • On July 5, Trump was still blaming the rise in COVID-19 cases to “massive testing” and that death numbers are down “low and steady,” whatever that means.


  • On July 6, Trump lamented that the “Lamestream Fake News Media REFUSE to say that China Virus deaths are down 39%.” In September, the country reached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. 


  • Eight days after wearing a mask in public for the first time, he declared that “many people say that it is very Patriotic” to wear a mask on July 20.


  • This one is particularly ironic. On Sept. 3, Trump criticized “Sleepy Joe Hiden'” for sitting back “in his basement and criticizes every move we make on the China Virus. DOING GREAT JOB!” 


  • On Sept. 18, Trump bragged that he had done “an incredible job” with the “China virus” than Biden did with the Swine flu pandemic in 2009.


The President and first lady tested positive for the virus Friday

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, which makes looking back on some of his tweets over the past 10 months pretty… ironic. 

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