The Coronavirus Collection: Trump and the Pandemic

Snopes fact-checks rumors and memes about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 Articles
  • Published 24 March 2020
12 Articles

U.S. President Donald Trump has been one of the most visible and outspoken public figures on the world stage since the coronavirus outbreak began. Snopes fact-checks rumors, quotes, and memes pertaining to Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Did Trump Say This About the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Two statements the U.S. president made roughly a week apart in March 2020 came under intense scrutiny.

Correct Attribution
Is This Timeline of Trump’s Coronavirus Responses Accurate?

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that he felt COVID-19 was a pandemic "long before it was called a pandemic," but his previous recorded statements paint a different picture.

Mostly True
Did President Trump Refer to the Coronavirus as a ‘Hoax’?

Trump's commentary on the new coronavirus came before the virus began killing patients in the U.S.

Mixture
Did President Trump Say ‘People Are Dying Today That Have Never Died Before’?

A number of hoaxes have circulated amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

False
Did Donald Trump Say ‘Never Blame Yourself’?

This quote has been circulating since at least 2004, but its provenance is still unknown.

Unproven
Did Trump Say Governors Had To Treat Him Well To Get COVID-19 Supplies?

A statement by the president was misleadingly represented in a quote meme.

Mixture
Did Trump Tweet He’d Deny Stimulus Checks to Any Who Used #NotMyPresident?

Fake Trump tweets were just the tip of the iceberg as misinformation swirled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

False
Did Trump Administration Fire the US Pandemic Response Team?

As a new coronavirus spread in 2020, so did concerns about the United States' preparedness for a potential pandemic.

True
Did President Trump Cut the CDC Budget?

As the new coronavirus spread in February 2020, so did concerns about the United States' readiness to respond to the outbreak.

Mixture
Was ‘Coronavirus’ Replaced with ‘Chinese Virus’ in Trump’s Notes?

U.S. President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his insistence in referring to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus."

True
Did US Sen. Graham Say Trump Knows More Than CDC About Medicine?

The senator defended President Donald Trump's handling of the new coronavirus outbreak, but he didn't go this far.

False
Does Trump Own Stock in a Company CDC Uses for COVID-19 Tests?

The U.S. president’s finances are complex, but does Donald Trump actually benefit from the CDC’s testing procedures for the new coronavirus?

False