The President recently attempted to blame the World Health Organization for the severity of the outbreak in the United States, claiming that their response was "very China centric" and that it was the organization's fault for "severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus."
Many Twitter users noticed a January 24th tweet from Trump praising China's quick response to the virus, and they weren't afraid to call out the apparent hypocrisy.
The President's prodigious Twitter habit is well known, and this is far from the first time a tweet of his has not aged well.
After another recent attempt to shift blame for the United States' disastrous response to the virus away from himself and onto anyone else, the World Health Organization in the most recent case, his January tweet promising everything would be OK is drawing a lot of criticism.
A clip of the recent speech where Trump said the US is pulling its funding for the WHO because, in his mind, "The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable," really highlights the attempt to use the organization as a scapegoat.
"Those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent failed to do so. It would have been so easy to be truthful. And so much death has been caused by their mistakes."
Trump: "Those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent failed to do so. It would have been so ea… https://t.co/0TCGs5jw5r— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1586904012.0
Trump's January tweet praised Chinese President Xi Jinping in containing the Outbreak in China, and promises that everything will work out. As the last few weeks have proven, everything did not work out well.
Not only did the outbreak worsen significantly in China, over 605,000 cases have been reported in the United States and its territories.
Many were already skeptical of Trump's response to the disease back in January.
@realDonaldTrump hey, aren't you the guy who said that no one was hurt in the Iran missile attack and then the stor… https://t.co/66PjryGjiL— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1579900913.0
@realDonaldTrump I see you saw the hit the stock market took today. The Coronavirus has already spread to the Unit… https://t.co/WkJ2MhOaST— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1579902797.0
@realDonaldTrump "It will all work out well." Based on what? Have you consulted with any competent scientists or… https://t.co/h6mg2IV2Gi— ⭐️ Merrily vaccinated! ⭐️ (@⭐️ Merrily vaccinated! ⭐️)1579901105.0
@silveraa @realDonaldTrump Spoiler alert— John (@John)1586382566.0
@thor_benson @realDonaldTrump And look where we are now. Very poor judgement from Trump— Lady L. 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Lady L. 🇺🇸🇺🇸)1584868766.0
@eugenegu @realDonaldTrump 4 weeks after this my children had never been sicker and I almost died. None of these tweets are aging well.— Mask up 😷 or stay home 🏡 (@Mask up 😷 or stay home 🏡)1586499671.0
Now that time has shown exactly how bad the virus became, and exactly how inept the US Government's handling of the pandemic has been, Twitter users aren't holding back in their criticism of Trump's tweet.
@ChrisSchiffner @realDonaldTrump Nothing he does ages well.— Tanya 21st Century Elder (@Tanya 21st Century Elder)1586907969.0
@realDonaldTrump He actually had the craziness today, April 14, to accuse the World Health Organization of doing wh… https://t.co/zmEoxuCKB8— KEVIN PHILLIPS (@KEVIN PHILLIPS)1586907502.0
@realDonaldTrump Yet you did nothing.— Dragoneer Growth Industries (@Dragoneer Growth Industries)1586921391.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/lJ3YbTK6ep— Tony KCO (@Tony KCO)1586915525.0
@lesleyabravanel @realDonaldTrump On January 24th, 2020 there were two confirmed cases in the US. Today, April 14t… https://t.co/oH1R0RuTdb— Taking America Back (@Taking America Back)1586920088.0
@realDonaldTrump This really really aged well. Glad it will ALWAYS be here for the world to read.— Adam Dorn aka Mocean Worker. (@Adam Dorn aka Mocean Worker.)1586903092.0
@realDonaldTrump What happened after President Trump recognized China's efforts to contain coronavirus on Jan 24?… https://t.co/R9tba1eE8t— Laurence (Larry) Boorstein (@Laurence (Larry) Boorstein)1585422347.0
FACT-CHECK: The WHO was publicly urging countries *in Jan.* to prepare for "containment" defined by "active survei… https://t.co/xHaFy3sSJB— Ari Melber (@Ari Melber)1586904342.0
Trump, tonight: "I don't talk about China's transparency." Trump, in January: "The United States greatly appreciat… https://t.co/PymIDKFDou— Peter Alexander (@Peter Alexander)1586906172.0
President Trump says U.S. is pulling funding to WHO because the group praised China's "transparency." Below is Pre… https://t.co/YmTQxQmw4L— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1586903239.0
Just in case anybody was confused as to why a reporter might claim Donald Trump said a thing, which he then strongl… https://t.co/kdAi3W3hR3— Dylan Brody (@Dylan Brody)1586906866.0
For a deeper look into the hypocrisy rampant in Trump's administration, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.