Today, for example, the President announced that next month's Republican Party nominating convention in Florida would be scrapped. He said the timing of the four-day event, in which the party formally puts forward its presidential candidate for the November election, is "just not right with what's happened recently".
We also saw the resumption of his daily press briefings, which included an admission that "things will get worse before they get better" and sudden support for wearing masks.
Look, better late than never. But let's not be lulled into the misapprehension that the leader of the free world is finally taking the science on this pandemic seriously. Or that he's finally dropped the prejudicial or self-congratulatory language.
Case in point:
We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020
In fact, just days prior to making some actual sense, he also said the following....
That the US has the world's lowest COVID-19 mortality rate.
In a July 19 interview with the president, Fox News Sunday journalist, Chris Wallace, asserted that the US had the world's seventh-highest COVID-19 mortality rate (that is, the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in population).
But the president wasn't having a bar of it.
"When you talk about mortality rates, I think it’s the opposite. I think we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world," he replied.
Wallace fact-checked his assertion, but President Trump doubled down with his... opinion: "I heard we had the best mortality rate," he pressed on. "Number-one low mortality rate."
Fox later claimed the president had been mistakenly referring to the "case fatality rate" (that is, the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100 positive cases). But even then, he'd be wrong. So wrong. The wrong...est.
According to Johns Hopkins University data cited by PolitiFact the following day, the US mortality rate was the third highest in the world, and the case fatality rate was equal ninth, with eleven countries recording lower.
By now, it's even worse: the US mortality rate is now in third, behind the United Kingdom and Chile.