Donald Trump Tells Reporter That People Are ‘Lucky’ He’s In Office: ‘You Wouldn’t Even Have A Country Left’

Donald Trump speaks at a press conference.

Donald Trump told a reporter that people are “lucky” that he is in office during an update on the coronavirus on Wednesday, drawing controversy for what was seen as touting his own performance at a time when the number of deaths in the United States from the virus rose to nearly 900.

“You’re lucky that this group is here right now to deal with this problem or you wouldn’t even have a country left,” Trump said at the briefing.

The statement was met with controversy online, with many accusing Trump of praising himself despite missteps from his administration including spending weeks downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump said in the early days of the outbreak that it was controlled and that cases would soon be moving down to zero. Since then, the virus has spread across the country, with more than 63,000 cases reported as of Wednesday evening.

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