Many Americans are saying the exact same thing about you,
that you should have warned them the virus was spreading like wildfire
through the month of February
instead of holding rallies with thousands of people.
Why did you wait so long? – Who do you work for?
And why did you not have social distancing until 16 March?
Who are you with?
I'm Weija Jiang with CBS News.
So if you look at what I did in terms of cutting off
or banning China from coming in ... – Chinese nationals.
But by the way, not Americans who were also coming from China.
Nice and easy, just relax.
We cut it off people were amazed.
These gentlemen, everybody was amazed that I did it.
We were very early. Oh, I'm the president. – You didn't warn people.
And you know what I just did? – It spiked so quickly.
And by the way, when you issued the ban, the virus was already here.
OK, and you know how many people, when I issued the ban,
how many cases of the virus were in the United States when I issued the ban?
Do you know the number?
There was ... – No, no how many cases?
Remember I said one person?
How many cases were here when I issued the ban?
Did you know ... – No, no, you have to do your research.
How many ... – I did my research.
On the 23rd of March you said you knew this was going to be a pandemic.
Can I tell you what? I did know it. I did know. All i had to do was look.
So you knew ... – Anybody knew it ... Just are you ready?
How many cases were in the United States when I did my ban?
How many people had died in the United States?
So do you acknowledge that you didn't
think it would spread? – Keep your voice down, please.
Keep your voice down. – Did you not think it was going to spread?
How many cases were in the United States? I did a ban
where I'm closing up the entire country.
how many people died? – And that's a fair point ...
How many people died in the United States and yet I closed up the country.
And I believe there were no deaths, zero deaths at the time
I closed up the country.
Nobody was there and you should say thank you very much for good judgment.
Go ahead, please.