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Trump tripped up by timeline gap in his own self-aggrandizing, deceitfully edited video

Trump, gloating over the video, looked stunned when CBS news correspondent grilled him about six-week timeline gap.

No 2614 Posted by fw, April 15, 2020 —

“Donald Trump grinned broadly on Monday as he tricked the news networks into broadcasting a taxpayer-funded testimonial to his own leadership, in the form of a video highlight reel of presidential statements on the coronavirus crisis, set to stirring music, unveiled during the president’s 29th daily briefing on the pandemic. The video, which was riddled with errors and deceptively edited, was apparently intended to rebut a damning report on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times that detailed how slow Trump had been to take the threat posed by the virus seriously. … But, as CBS News correspondent Paula Reid pointed out to Trump after the video ended, there was a huge gap in the timeline: It mentioned absolutely no action by him in February and there was, as the Times had noted, a period of “six long weeks” after the travel restrictions…. Well into March, Trump was downplaying the new coronavirus as no more threatening than the flu. Having seemed so pleased with himself while the video was playing, Trump looked stunned by Reid’s observation that its timeline showed the period of inaction the Times had described. ‘The argument is that you bought yourself some time,’ by imposing the partial travel ban from China, Reid noted. ‘You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals, you didn’t use it to ramp up testing.’”Robert Mackey, The Intercept

My repost of this story appears below in two parts. The first part is a selection of the opening paragraphs of an article by The Intercept’s Robert Mackey, describing how a CBS news correspondent boldly grilled Trump about a timeline gap in a self-aggrandizing video he had just shown, which attempted to portray himself favorably with an alternative history of the first months of the crisis.

The second part of the repost is an embedded 3:16-minute video of CBS correspondent Paula Reid grilling Trump about a six-week gap in the timeline, intended to be the very centerpiece of his flattering self-portrayal of his leadership qualities, during the outbreak of the crisis.

To read Mackey’s full article on the Intercept’s website, or to watch the video on You Tube, just click on their respective linked titles below.

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Trump PR Stunt Falls Flat, as White House Video Exposes His Failure to Prepare for Pandemic by Robert Mackey, The Intercept, April 14, 2020

Trump tricked networks into broadcasting a video testimonial to his own leadership on the pandemic

Donald Trump grinned broadly on Monday as he tricked the news networks into broadcasting a taxpayer-funded testimonial to his own leadership, in the form of a video highlight reel of presidential statements on the coronavirus crisis, set to stirring music, unveiled during the president’s 29th daily briefing on the pandemic.

The video, intended as a rebuttal of a NYTimes report, was riddled with errors and deceitfully edited

The video, which was riddled with errors and deceptively edited, was apparently intended to rebut a damning report on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times that detailed how slow Trump had been to take the threat posed by the virus seriously. While Trump was obviously pleased by the production — he pointed to the screen with a look of smug triumph at several points — he seemed unaware as it was unspooling in the White House briefing room that it contained a fatal flaw that helped reinforce the central argument of The Times report.

The video attempted to portray Trump favorably with an alternative history of the first months of the crisis

The compilation of clips, selected by the White House social media director, Dan Scavino, attempted to create an alternative history of the first months of the crisis, according to which the American media initially “minimized the risk,” but the president “took decisive action” nonetheless, only to be unfairly maligned by his political opponents, before the nation’s governors came together to sing his praises.

The video’s timeline of Trump’s actions tripped up the White House’s “Liar In Chief”

The centerpiece of the video was a timeline of actions by Trump and his administration, highlighting the partial ban on travel from China he ordered on January 31, and his declaration of a national emergency on March 13.

CBS correspondent Paula Reid grilled Trump about a six-week gap in the timeline

But, as CBS News correspondent Paula Reid pointed out to Trump after the video ended, there was a huge gap in the timeline: It mentioned absolutely no action by him in February and there was, as the Times had noted, a period of “six long weeks” after the travel restrictions until he “finally took aggressive action to confront the danger the nation was facing.

Well into March, Trump was downplaying the new coronavirus as no more threatening than the flu.

Trump, gloating over the video, looked stunned when Reid pointed out the significant timeline gap

Having seemed so pleased with himself while the video was playing, Trump looked stunned by Reid’s observation that its timeline showed the period of inaction the Times had described. “The argument is that you bought yourself some time,” by imposing the partial travel ban from China, Reid noted. “You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals, you didn’t use it to ramp up testing.”

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Here’s a 3:16 minute video of the exchange between Paula Reid and Trump

Trump has got bulldozed by CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid by US Local News, April 14, 2020

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