At a press briefing Monday, President Trump was asked by a latex glove-clad reporter how he would rate his response to the coronavirus pandemic. The president said he would give himself a 10.
REPORTER: Mr. President, the other day you said that you were not responsible for the testing shortfall. Very simple question; does the buck stop with you? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your response to this crisis?
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: I'd rate it a 10. I think we've done a great job. And it started with the fact that we kept a very highly infected country, despite all of the--even the professionals saying no, it's too early to do that, we were very, very early with respect to China. And we would have a whole different situation in this country if we didn't do that. I would rate it a very, very--I would rate ourselves and--and the professionals--I think the professionals have done a fantastic job.
As far as the testing, you heard the admiral. I think the--the testing that we've done, we--we really took over an obsolete system, or put it may be in a different way, a system that wasn't meant to do anything like this. We took it over. And we're doing something that's never been done in this country. And I think that we are doing very well.