How President Trump is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic - BBC Newsnight

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The Covid-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed fatalities from 9-11. But how is President Donald Trump handling the coronavirus pandemic? And what impact is it having? Subscribe to our channel here:

The US death toll from coronavirus has now surpassed China, and three quarters of Americans are now living under some form of lockdown.

But President Donald Trump has struck a markedly less perturbed figure than many of his state governors, who are anxious over supplies of test kits and ventilators.

Instead, he has bragged about the ratings that his daily press conferences have been attracting. He has also said the US will be in "a very good shape" in terms of the number of ventilators available by the time the coronavirus outbreak peaks.

Meanwhile US networks grapple with the ethics of broadcasting live statements that are less likely to be factual reports than electioneering in what is still a major election year.

US correspondent David Grossman reports and Emily Maitlis is joined by Liz Harrington of the Republican National Convention and Soledad O’Brien, host of ‘Matter of Fact’.

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