CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [2-25-20] predicted the coronavirus is ‘going to go away’ despite warnings from Democrats that his White House is asleep amid cresting fears in Washington that the outbreak could spark a pandemic. The President maintained his sunny optimism about the virus that is showing signs of spreading around the world from its Chinese epicenter and is already having a huge impact on global commerce. ‘I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away,’ Trump said during a trip to India, expressing confidence that the epidemic will not seriously harm the global economy. But behind the scenes the President is less calm, and he is expressing frustration at some of the ways his administration is responding to the outbreak, sources familiar with the conversations told CNN. His mood reflects a growing realization among Trump’s staff that the coronavirus is going to pose a greater challenge than previously understood.”

Stephen Collinson, “Trump claims coronavirus is ‘going to go away’ despite mounting concerns,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 25, 2020 3:04 pm