Daily Beast: President Donald Trump on Thursday offered his first expression of sympathy for the 100,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus.
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“We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000,” Trump tweeted. “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!”
BREAKING NEWS: As America Hits 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths—58,914 of Which Deaths a Washington Post Report Attributes to the Inaction, Incompetence, Ignorance, and Injurious Orders of Donald Trump—Trump Celebrates By Mocking Biden for Following CDC Guidelines and Wearing a Face Mask pic.twitter.com/Y0jIeZA98s— Seth Abramson (@🏠) (@SethAbramson) May 26, 2020
His condolences came amid a morning storm of politically-driven tweets about the Republican-led committee’s review of the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe as well as attacks on his Democratic opponent Joe Biden. Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask and even retweeted a user who said Biden wearing a mask “endorses culture of silence, slavery, and social death.”
Trump, who has downplayed the threat of the coronavirus for months, has characterized the death toll as a relative success compared to the 2.2 million projection if the U.S. had done nothing to mitigate the spread of the virus. The president’s “sympathy” message came as he prepared to announce an executive order on Thursday against social media companies after Twitter applied a fact-check to two of his tweets, flagging them “potentially misleading.”