The maximum lack of a clue: On line, the headline on today's New York Times report reads exactly as shown. We include the opening paragraph:
Trump Turns Daily Coronavirus Briefing Into a Defense of His RecordPresident Trump turned Monday’s briefing into a defense of his record?
President Trump turned Monday’s daily coronavirus task force briefing into an aggressive defense of his own halting response to the pandemic and used a campaign-style video to denounce criticism that he moved too slowly to limit the deadly spread of the virus.
That has been the obvious point of the non-briefing briefings for roughly a month. He was "very, very early" in his restrictions on travel from China. You can attribute it to talent or to instinct or even to luck!
Plus, the mess her inherited from Obama! That has been the obvious point of the non-briefing briefing every day for over a month.
President Trump has monologued for the past month on the theme that he didn't fashion a "halting response." Also, on the theme that he continues to lead an "incredible" response.
This has always been the theme of the relentless non-briefings. Is it possible that the Times has only now managed to notice?
Farther down, Shear and Karni began injecting clues into their news report. But the online headline sits as written. Also, that opening paragraph—but so it has gone at the top of the heap for three or four decades now.
Finally, this helped give us our Trump. It took decades of nonsense and cluelessness to help us reach this point.