Trump on ABC News town hall: ‘I learned life is very fragile’ dealing with COVID-19

The president said the most difficult part of his presidency was responding to the coronavirus. “I knew people that were powerful people ... and they got knocked out by this and died,” he said.
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Transcript for Trump on ABC News town hall: ‘I learned life is very fragile’ dealing with COVID-19
We have time for one final question, from Ashley west of bethel park, Pennsylvania. Hi Mr. Trump. Hi, Ashley. Sorry. My question is, what has been the most difficult part of your presidency and what have you learned from it? So, I think without question, I would say, because things were going so well, I think I'd have to say the whole covid, the China virus, as I call it, because it comes from China. I think it's a much more accurate term, but it's been very difficult, it's been so sad. As an example, talking to you about your mother, it's just -- it's just such a sad situation. Yeah, we're getting there, we will get there, we're going to, it's going to happen, but it's been a very difficult -- nobody's seen anything like this, probably since 1917. What did you learn from it? Um -- I learned that life is very fragile. I knew people that were powerful people, strong people, good people and they got knocked out by this and died. Six people, it was five until about two weeks ago, now it's six. But I've learned that life is very fragile, because these were strong people and all of a sudden they were dead, they were gone. And it wasn't their fault. It was the fault of a country that could have stopped it. And I made a great trade deal with China -- I feel so differently about the deal now. It's a great deal. It was good for the farmers, good for the manufacturers, but I don't view it the same way. It was good for us, but I don't view it the same way, because of the horror of this disease. That really could have been stopped at the border. Could you have done more to stop it? I don't think so. I think what I did by closing up the country, I think I saved two, two and a half, maybe more than that, lives. I think we did a very good job. I don't know if that's been recognized. We've made a lot of governors we've made some reputationally, we've enhanced their reputation. They didn't have anything, we got them the supplies. We made a lot of people look good that shouldn't look good. Mr. President, thank you for your time. Thanks to all the questioners here and all of you at home for

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