President Donald Trump has been taking the coronavirus threat more seriously in the past week, and even one CNN host has taken notice and given the president credit for his response.
CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday pushed back on criticism of Trump by pointing out that, at least with his recent words and tone, he's doing a good job managing the crisis.
"If you look at the big picture, this was remarkable by the president of the United States," Bash said. "This is a nonpartisan, this is an important thing to note and to applaud, from an American standpoint, from a human standpoint. He is being the kind of leader that people need, at least in tone, today and yesterday, in tone, that people need and want and yearn for in times of crisis and uncertainty."
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed that 49% of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of the pandemic, compared to 44% who approve. Only 37% say they have either a "good amount" or a "great deal" of trust in information from the president about the coronavirus, while 60% say they trust the president "not very much" or "not at all" on the issue.
After initially taking a more casual stance toward the significance of the coronavirus, President Trump in recent days has shown a willingness to enact drastic measures, both socially and economically, to help the United States reduce the spread of the coronavirus and minimize the economic impact on businesses and Americans.
With the stock market significantly down over the past week and several industries being crippled by a lack of consumer activity directly resulting from the threat of the coronavirus, the Trump administration is working with Congress on an economic stimulus package that could exceed $1 trillion and may include bailouts for travel and hospitality companies, direct payments to Americans, and various forms of support or relief for small businesses.
On Monday, the president urged all Americans to stay home as much as possible from work and school, and to limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer to slow the spread of the coronavirus so that a high number of cases doesn't overwhelm the health care system.
(H/T: The Daily Wire)