"We are willing to work with anybody that's going to get us a good result", Donald Trump said on Tuesday when asked whether he would be ready to work with China if it were first to develop a vaccine. He continued his recent encouragement of Americans to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Trump has only worn a mask once in public but this week started encouraging their use on a wider scale. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. He said that cases and deaths are rising in "some hard hit states", but added that the nationwide mortality rate is lower than other counties. "Anything that potentially can help ... is a good thing".
"The China virus poses the greatest threat to our senior citizens", Trump said, noting that about half of the coronavirus deaths occurred in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said in an interview with CNN that Trump's new embrace of mask-wearing was a recognition of his mistakes in dealing with the coronavirus.
In the article, China rebutted 24 untrue claims from the USA, including calling the novel coronavirus the "Chinese virus" or "Wuhan virus" and claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology created the virus. His subdued tone contrasted with his previous calls to reopen the economy along with praise for Republican governors who did so and criticism of Democratic governors who implemented tough restrictions in their states.
He said the country has learned much about the disease, and "my administration will stop at nothing to save lives and shield the vulnerable, which is so important".
He said he carries a mask with him and uses it in certain circumstances, such as being in an elevator with security staff.
Trump sought to leave some optimism about treatments even as he acknowledged the grim numbers at present.
"As cases and fatalities rise in certain hard hit states, we're surging personnel, supplies, and therapeutics", Trump said.