President Donald Trump has frequently downplayed the rapidly-spreading coronavirus after fears of its spread sent markets nosediving and threatened to damage his most valuable justification for his reelection: the economy.
The President repeated that pattern on Wednesday night when he called in to far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity's show to talk about the virus, which has now infected nearly 100,000 people since its first diagnosis two months ago.
The President dismissed the World Health Organization's determination of the virus's 3.4 percent death rate, before suggesting that people with the virus have gone to work with no consequences.
"We have thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by sitting around, and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better."
Health experts and people with general sense have repeatedly warned employees not to go to work if they're feeling sick or showing flu-like symptoms, but that didn't seem to matter to Trump.
As backlash ensued, the President took to Twitter to say that he didn't say what he said.
In the tweet, Trump repeated his claim that the media is deliberately sensationalizing the virus in an effort to damage his chances at reelection.
But with tweets like these, it appears Trump is doing that all by himself.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has now confirmed that there are at least 129 cases of coronavirus in the United States.