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A look back at Trump's coronavirus response as U.S. death toll nears 100,000

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A look back at U.S. President Donald Trump's response during the coronavirus outbreak, starting with his first assessment the virus posed little more threat to the general public than the seasonal flu; predicting that when it warmed up it would "miraculously" go away by April. Now, in a matter of months, the death toll is expected to hit 100,000 in the U.S. - the largest COVID-19 related death toll of any country in the world.

Trump's address to the nation on the evening of March 11 was one of his most sombre public appearances to discuss the pandemic. While he imposed restrictions on European travel, called for unity and asked people to set aside partisan differences, his early response to the coronavirus - playing down the seriousness of the risk - was criticized as it spread across the United States.

Trump said at the White House in May that the United States is moving ahead on numerous fronts to find a cure, and pledged: "Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back."

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