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President Donald Trump speaks during a March 15, 2020, press briefing with the coronavirus task force. Evan Vucci/AP Photo/from Politico.com

BREAKING NEWS: TRUMP APOLOGIZES

Greatest president says bravest words: “I’m sorry.”

Jeffrey Denny

My fellow Americans:

As you know, I’ve been tested for the coronavirus and thankfully I don’t have it, in spite of my exposure to people who do, because I’m strong.

As I said in my last press conference, this pandemic is bad. It’s destroying my great stock market and economy. It’s also risking lives.

I hope you’re hunkering down at home, washing your hands, and staying away from gatherings of more than 10 people such as my press conferences.

We all need to do our part to help fight the spread, illness, death and stress on our healthcare system and caregivers.

Rest assured — as your president, I am doing my part by quarantining in the White House. Believe me, the place is not as great as Mar-a-Lago. But being stuck here has given me a lot of time to think and reflect, which I usually don’t do.

With that, I want to make a big announcement today that may surprise everyone. My loyal people, media and Republicans might feel foolish, angry and even betrayed, but I hope they can understand.

In short, and definitely not to rescue my reelection, let me say to my fellow Americans: I’m sorry.

You heard that right. I’m sorry. I mean it. I’m really sorry.

As you know, I’ve never ever apologized or admitted I was wrong in my entire life, because saying sorry is a sign of weakness.

But as president, let me say, I’m sorry for utterly failing America during this crisis, and in virtually every respect as our chief executive.

Let me be clear: This is not one of those fake apologies, like, I’m sorry you feel that way. Or sorry you’re so sensitive and took it the wrong way. Or sorry but Obama, Hillary, the liberals and the mainstream media are worse.

I really am sorry. Period.

First and foremost, I’m sorry for totally screwing up this coronavirus pandemic national emergency situation.

I’m sorry that I initially downplayed it. And that I called it a Democrat and mainstream media political hoax, and said many other wrong and reckless things that minimized and politicized the crisis.

I’m sorry that my loyal people, media and Republicans believed and repeated everything I said. By now they should know better than to believe anything I say, but it’s still my fault.

Because of me, some Americans even now believe the pandemic is a hoax. By leading people to ignore or downplay the threat, I helped them spread the virus and endanger more lives.

I’m sorry for any sickness or death that I may have caused with my ignorance and hubris.

Over and over again, I’ve made people who trust me, and repeat what I say, look foolish when I change my mind and say something completely the opposite. Normally looking foolish goes with supporting me and merely undermines our democracy. But as this pandemic unfolds, foolishness can have serious and even deadly consequences.

As we all know— contrary to what I’ve said — my administration did not, and still does not, have the coronavirus totally under control. We did not shut it down coming in from China. We don’t think by April, when it gets a little warmer, it will miraculously go away. We’re not even close to a vaccine or having testing for everyone like other countries do. This is not a common flu, it spreads much faster and is much deadlier.

Then, when the coronavirus officially became a pandemic, spreading like wildfire and steadily shutting down our communities, our businesses, our country and our economy, I completely fumbled my Oval Office address to the nation.

My job as your president was to bring calm, confidence and certainty to the American people when they needed it the most. I did the exact opposite. I made things worse. I said a lot of wrong and misleading things that my staff needed to correct immediately after I finished.

Then I held a press conference and said more wrong things. This made the situation even more confusing and difficult for our hard-working public health officials and care providers, heroes who are working 24–7 desperately trying to contain the virus and save lives.

I also tried to make the pandemic crisis about me and my greatness.

I continued to declare my administration had the situation under tremendous control. Clearly we never did.

I said we’re doing a fantastic job. Clearly we’re not.

I bragged about my leadership and lied that I never downplayed the crisis. Clearly that was all nonsense.

Worst of all, I literally said the worst thing any president could say in a national crisis, that I don’t take responsibility at all.

Some people think I’m shameless, and I accept blame for that, but I’m actually ashamed.

A few years ago, I attacked President Obama saying that presidential leadership means “whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.”

And as you know, one of my predecessors, President Harry Truman, kept a sign on his desk saying “The Buck Stops Here.”

So, as president, I need to stop the buck right here and take responsibility — not only for mishandling this pandemic since the outbreak, but for everything I’ve ever done that has made things worse.

Like when I cut back the White House pandemic team and fired experts who would have coordinated and led our response much better.

Or when I was briefed about coronavirus three months ago and did nothing.

Or how I ignored the playbook for handling a pandemic by the experts at the Centers for Disease Control.

And how once again I put my untrained, uninformed hunches ahead of scientific and medical experts such as epidemiologists. I even encouraged my people to question scientists and medical experts when they contradict our political opinions, like on climate change.

More broadly, I’m also sorry that my White House has been in utter chaos from the start, so we’ve been completely ill-equipped to deal with any crisis.

This national emergency has confirmed what most Americans already knew: Except for the great Dr. Tony Fauci and other experts who contradict me, I really don’t have the best people.

That’s because a lot of the best people kept their distance, like we need to do in this pandemic. The best people knew I had no clue what I was doing … I don’t listen to anyone but me … I’m not fit whatsoever for this great office … and that working for me would destroy their reputations and careers.

When some of the best people nevertheless patriotically wanted to serve our country and bring their expertise and experience to protect America from me and my inexperience and impulses, I attacked, insulted, fired and humiliated them. That was wrong, and I’m sorry.

By the way, I know that I need to get my children out of the White House.

I love them, I trust them, and both Jared and Ivanka are good people who mean well. But it’s crystal clear, even to me, that like many Millennials, they’re a lot more confident than competent. They’re smart and beautiful, but they don’t know what they don’t know.

Also, I know that my sons need to stop making complete idiots of themselves. I’m asking Don Junior to stop attacking former vice president Joe Biden for nepotism or insulting how he speaks. Sorry Donny — have some respect. You would be lucky to shine Biden’s shoes.

I’m guilty myself of attacking Joe for my own shortcomings — I’m told it’s called “projecting” — and I’m ashamed. Joe is a good, decent, experienced, dedicated and sensible man, a true patriot and a worthy opponent.

While I’m at it, let me apologize for all the ways I have hurt and let America down since I was elected president.

I’m sorry for making more than 16,000 false and misleading claims, and for gas-lighting my fellow Americans by lying about my lies.

I’m sorry for being nasty and insulting to countless people, places and things on Twitter, in my rallies, and practically every day.

I definitely need to stop tweeting whatever pops into my head.

I’m also sorry for encouraging hate and division, and for demonizing desperate immigrants. We can’t blame anyone for wanting to come to America, like my family and most of ours were lucky to do.

I’m sorry for letting my true believers, most of whom are decent people but harbor deep resentment for some of their fellow Americans, guide my presidency.

My job as president is to serve all of America, not just the people who support me. My job is to set a positive tone for our country and society, seek common ground where we disagree, and bring us together. That’s what makes America the greatest democracy in the history of the world.

Yet I have inspired and encouraged my people, media and party to attack people who question and hold me accountable, when our Founding Fathers made challenging the president the first job of our citizen patriots.

As president, I’m America’s leader, and I need to lead. The greatest leaders never blame others. The buck always stops with them, from a store manager, to a CEO, to the Commander in Chief.

So I’m sorry for taking advantage of the people and politicians who have believed in me, stood by me, and attacked fellow Americans who dared to disagree with me.

On an important related note, I’m also sorry for attacking the mainstream media.

I’m ashamed of myself for getting my people to chant at my rallies that journalists are the “enemy of the people.” The fact that people are still accusing the mainstream media of hyping the pandemic for political and socialist reasons is my fault.

As I eventually admitted, I think a lot of the media actually has been very fair. They have a tough job. Please have some respect for them.

Let me also thank my friends at Fox who have stopped misleading people about the pandemic and endangering lives and our nation — again, my fault — and are now taking it seriously.

Now more than ever, we need the entire mainstream media to keep us informed and understanding of the situation, help us all control the pandemic, and counteract fake news and falsehoods that are spreading on the internet.

Attacking the media doesn’t make its job of communicating what public health leaders are desperately trying to tell the American people any easier.

Finally, I understand if many of you think I’m the worst president in history, and I’ve made America not greater but a lot worse.

I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’m not just saying this to be reelected.

Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless America.

Jeffrey Denny is a Washington writer.

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