President Donald Trump was ecstatic on Thursday morning after Thursday's jobs report showed that unemployment had dropped from 15 percent to 11.1 percent in June.
The President immediately announced a press conference where he promised that the United States—which has seen over 40 million new unemployment claims since the virus outbreak—would be "roaring back" economically.
It's important to note that the jobs report was surveyed in June 12, before the United States saw a national uptick in cases that forced some states to scale back previously planned reopening measures.
Trump did, however, address these spikes, chalking them up to the virus having "a life" of its own.
Despite record new US case numbers, Trump claims the coronavirus is "getting under control," then goes on a weird rant about how the virus has "got a life, and we're putting out that life, because that's a bad life that we're talking about." pic.twitter.com/gf4VMsxgn3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 2, 2020
The President said:
"Some areas that were very hard hit are now doing very well. Some were doing very well and we thought they may be gone and they flare up and we're putting out the fires. But other places were long before us, and they're now… It's a life. It's got a life. And we're putting out that life because that's a bad life that we're talking about."
People were confused by Trump's assurance that Trump was "putting out that life."
@atrupar Whaaaaat?! I tortured myself and listened twice. 🤦♀️ Was he actually reading whatever it was he was saying?— Wendy Cullivan (@Wendy Cullivan)1593702014.0
@atrupar Trump has the speaking skills of a nervous 3rd grade child in front of the class!— Napir (@Napir)1593702058.0
@atrupar @SpiroAgnewGhost God he can’t even make a coherent sentence. This should alarm everyone he is mentally dec… https://t.co/183qK4q37c— Jennifer Steed (@Jennifer Steed)1593701887.0
@atrupar Glad to know our plan is put out the life of the virus whatever that means— Farhan (@Farhan)1593701865.0
@atrupar trump just doesn’t know what the crap he's talking about & he thinks he knows it all. He can’t hear & does… https://t.co/SGfDXYfJdS— Deb (@Deb)1593702735.0
@atrupar I keep reading this over and over and still don’t know wtf he’s trying to say.— Shannon Christine (@Shannon Christine)1593701971.0
People also felt that his celebration of the jobs numbers was likely premature.
Because of a lag in the federal data, the employment numbers for June — the results of a survey conducted through t… https://t.co/RLS8E659Fk— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1593703800.0
How it works: Trump goes to work on Governors to re-open states. He pressures and threatens them. They re-open w… https://t.co/sJ3PTMepC8— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1593717011.0
If you earned $50,000 a year and then took a pay cut to $20,000 and then got a raise to $30,000, would you celebrat… https://t.co/RCdJHjxfMq— Philip Bump (@Philip Bump)1593697427.0
Trump took no questions after his speech. The number of deaths from the virus has risen to 130 thousand.