July 23, 2020 at 12:21 AM EDT
Amid rising deaths, Trump paints a rosy picture of America’s present and future
President Trump painted a wishful view Wednesday of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, in which existing treatments can almost cure patients flooding hospitals, all schools will safely reopen this fall and the country’s soaring cases are confined to a handful of states.
But the rosy assessment he issued at a White House news briefing — alone at the lectern without any top public health experts — was undermined by the alarming reality that on Wednesday almost every metric showed just how badly America is losing its fight against the virus.
By William Wan and Jacqueline Dupree