President Trump uses coronavirus briefing to air laudatory video

President Donald Trump White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing April 13
Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:22:34-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used Monday's White House briefing to air a taxpayer-funded promotional video praising his own handling of the coronavirus outbreak and slamming his critics and the press.

In the highly unusual move, the lights in the briefing room dimmed for a video running more than 3 minutes.

The video was a montage of officials offering laudatory comments about the president and of Trump discussing his steps to contain the virus.

Trump also gave Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, a turn at the lectern to defend the president’s response to the crisis.