President Donald Trump loves to talk about how everybody loves President Donald Trump.

He’ll even discuss it during a coronavirus press briefing in which he was asked about whether he was taking the pandemic seriously enough.

PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor asked the POTUS:

I interviewed someone who said that his family got sick. They went to a funeral in mid-March and they said mainly because the president wasn’t taking it seriously enough. He said if the president had had a mask on, if he was saying we should stay home, then I would’ve stayed home.

Trump then tried to interject, but the reporter tirelessly continued:

He said his family members were sick because they were listening to you... Are you concerned that downplaying the virus maybe got some people sick?

Shrugging and clearly perceiving it as a personal attack, Trump responded:

Yeah. And a lot of people love Trump, right? A lot of people love me. You see them all the time. I guess I’m here for a reason. To the best of my knowledge, I won. And I think we’re going to win again. I think we’re going to win in a landslide.

The POTUS then launched into his usual speech about how he closed the US borders to China in January.

While it’s true that Trump implemented an executive order that effectively banned anyone from China entering the US from 31 January, he was still – as late as 28 February – saying that coronavirus was the Democratic Party’s “new hoax”.

This is despite the US reporting its very first Covid-19 case on 21 January.

The reaction to Trump praising himself rather than answering a question about a coronavirus death was swift on social media:

At the time of writing, the US leads as the most affected country in the world when it comes to coronavirus cases and deaths.

It has recorded almost 800,000 cases and more than 42,000 deaths.

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