Trump Warns Coronavirus Is ‘Not the Flu’ at Briefing, Weeks After Comparing the Two

President Donald Trump shifted tone at his coronavirus press conference on Tuesday evening in The White House briefing room, hammering home that the coronavirus is “not the flu” – while over a month ago in late February, the president was billing COVID-19 as just “like a flu.”

Trump also shared a story that one of his friends was in a coma after contracting COVID-19.

Trump began, “I think we’re doing better than that. I think we have to see, but I think we’re doing better than that because, as John said, that would be a lot of lives taking place over a relatively short period of time.”

“But think of what would have happened if we didn’t do anything. I mean, I’ve
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