Threatening to end his daily briefings from the White House on the Coronavirus situation, and issuing no updates through the weekend as the U.S. death toll soared over 50,000 people, President Donald Trump instead spent Saturday and Sunday blasting reporters on social media, defending his work to deal with the virus outbreak.
"I work from early in the morning until late at night," the President wrote in one series of a tweets on Sunday.
"The Fake News hates it!" Mr. Trump added.
After a Thursday news conference where the President later said he had been sarcastically suggesting that chemical disinfectants be considered as possible injection treatments for Coronavirus patients, the President took no questions on Friday, and then raised the specter of scrapping the daily events entirely.
"Not worth the time & effort!" the President wrote on Twitter.
While Mr. Trump raised the chance that he would stop participating in the daily virus outbreak briefings at the White House, doing so would also deprive the President of a constant outlet, now that the virus has basically grounded him since he returned from his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida on March 9.
As the President eschewed the weekend updates, the death toll from the Coronavirus is poised to cross 55,000 on Monday, and could go over 60,000 by the end of the week.
That would be more deaths than all of the U.S. military losses in the Vietnam War, which totaled 58,220.
But Mr. Trump's attention wasn't on those details, as instead he lashed out at media outlets on both sides.
"Fox News just doesn't get what's happening!" the President tweeted on Sunday evening, as he said he had "No respect" for those in charge of the network with opinion hosts who have often been his political ally.
"The people who are watching Fox News," the President wrote, "are angry. They want an alternative now. So do I."
: Can you please focus? The US will exceed 1 million
cases and over 60,000 dead this week. We need much more testing and PPE.
Also, it’s Nobel prize, not Noble. I think you meant Pulitzer. But why are you even focused on prizes for reporters?
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu)
Meanwhile, various states were pressing ahead with plans to slowly re-open certain businesses, moves which will certainly take center stage in the days and weeks ahead.
"America is ready to reopen," said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).