Fielding questions about his slow response and reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed nearly 10,000, President Trump said to expect “a lot of death” in the near future and asked citizens to prepare for the worst.
But behind closed doors, the President has been comparing the COVID-19 virus to a forest fire, according to unnamed aides.
“There will be a lot of death,” Trump reportedly said. “But like a fire burning in a forest, this death is natural, for the good of the planet, and overall very, very healthy in the long run.”
Pressed by aides about how long he would watch things go on before taking a harder stance, the President did not provide details or specifics.
“Soon, very soon,” Trump said. “Sometimes you just have to let it burn. Those who are strong will survive and afterward things will be terrific, you’ll see.”