On Friday morning, amid questions of why President Donald Trump had canceled a planned trip to Atlanta to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House released this statement:
“The President is no longer traveling to Atlanta today. The CDC has been proactive and prepared since the very beginning and the President does not want to interfere with the CDC’s mission to protect the health and welfare of their people and the agency.”
OK! Makes some sense, since a presidential visit requires a massive amount of logistics and security that, theoretically, could take away from the important work the CDC is doing in identifying and containing the novel coronavirus.
Except that, when asked later Friday morning why he had canceled the CDC trip, Trump said this:
“We may go. They thought there was a problem at CDC, somebody that had the virus. They’ve tested the person very fully and it was a negative test,” Trump said. “I may be going they’re going to see if they can turn it around with Secret Service.”
Uh. So, which is it?