Donald Trump stood before the nation at his coronavirus task force briefing.
Americans were prepared to get hit with some bad news.
And then Donald Trump made a coronavirus prediction that left jaws on the ground.
At a White House coronavirus task force briefing, Donald Trump prepared the American people for the worst.
The President and his task force experts – Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci – informed Americans that anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 Americans may die from the coronavirus over the coming four months.
But the President cautioned Americans that these were just projections and the American people had it within their power to make sure the death toll never reached those tragic heights by staying at home and social distancing.
“Our country is in the midst of a great national trial unlike any it has ever faced before,” Trump began.
“This is going to be a very painful — very, very painful two weeks,” Trump warned the public.
But the President softened the blow to the American people by reminding them that this outbreak would not last forever and that there was light at the end of the tunnel.
“It’s going to be like a burst of light, I really think, and I hope,” Trump comforted the public by adding. “Our strength will be tested, our endurance will be tried, but America will answer with love and courage and ironclad resolve.”
These will no doubt be the most difficult days of the Trump presidency.
April 2020 is now shaping up to be one of the darkest months any President ever confronted.
The national social distancing guidelines were extended through April 30 and many governors are locking down their states through the end of the month in the hopes of “flattening the curve” and preventing their healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
If the number of coronavirus patients exceeds the capacity of the healthcare system then some Americans will die because doctors cannot treat all the critically ill patients.
That is what is currently happening in Italy.
But the President is right to present the good news along with the bad.
It is President Trump’s job to remain optimistic at a time when Americans are searching for any signs of positive developments.
While the coronavirus has devastated Italy, there are signs the outbreak is burning out.
Italy has seen cases decline for multiple days in a row.
Because of the 14-day lag time from when infected individuals typically get sick and show up at the hospitals, a declining number of cases means the stress on the healthcare system will eventually lessen.
This reality is why President Trump will measure any bad news delivered to the American people with reasons for hope and optimism.
Right now, the American people are looking to the President and his team to provide leadership and hope.
Millions of Americans were encouraged by what they saw from the President.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.