As a result, everyone just proceeded to tell Trump how great he was. Yes, really.
Here’s some praise that Donald Trump lapped up.
Mike Pence thanked Trump for his “leadership” since day one:
Thank you for your leadership; I have seen it day in and day out since you asked me to lead the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
While Karen Pence remarked:
I applaud what you’re doing here today, Mr. President, because our kids, for their mental health and their academic health, they need to be back in school. So, thank you.
Trump then opened up the floor, by saying: “I thought we’d maybe — we’ll go around the room real quickly. We’ll go quickly, and we’ll get everybody to say a few words.”
First up was Missouri Governor Mike Parson:
I’m just honoured and humbled to be here sitting with you… Those dreams you think about someday, I never imagined them being reality, but here we are.
The President himself has been [on the phone every week]. And I don’t mean for five minutes to say, “Hello, governors” and “see you later.” In-depth conversation with governors across this state.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar fawned:
Well, thank you, Mr. President. Really, thanks to the historic response that the President has led to this unprecedented pandemic, we have the tools where we can reopen our workplace, we can reopen our schools, and we can reopen healthcare. We’ve got the tools.
While school principal Patrick Daly said:
I can’t thank you enough for your leadership of our country. And thank you for this honour.
Jenny Beth Martin from the Tea Party Patriots piped up and said:
Mr. President, you were right, and I hope you will trust your instincts: America is not meant to be shut down.
While commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, Lisa Piercey, couldn’t help but marvel about how easily “accessible” the POTUS has been:
You guys have been accessible, you’ve been responsible, and that means the world to us in the states when we’re trying to do our jobs.
Domestic policy chief Brooke Rollins then gushed:
We have a President who was arguably one of the most successful businessmen in the history of our country; the First Lady, who has spent her time and her talent and her extraordinary skill on focusing on the wellbeing of children; we have a Vice President who is one of the most successful governors in the history of our country; and we have a Second Lady who has a career and is focused on being a teacher and an educator.
This is the dream team. I don’t know that there will ever be another leadership team like the four of you to lead this country back to even greater heights than it was ever before.
During the meeting, Trump also incorrectly claimed the US had the lowest coronavirus mortality rate in the world, when in fact there are at least 14 countries that have a lower death rate.
At the time of writing, the US has more than 3.05 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and over 133,000 deaths – the largest of any other country in the world.