- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2020

For President Trump, the coronavirus statistics have become personal.

“You see the numbers like I see the numbers,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “I have some friends who are unbelievably sick. We thought they were going in for a mild [hospital] stay, and in one case he’s unconscious in a coma. You say, ‘How did that happen?’”

Earlier, Mr. Trump sounded shocked at the rapid deterioration of one of his friends.

“He’s a tough person, and [he] went to the hospital and a day later he’s in a coma,” the president said.

The revelations came within a day of Mr. Trump’s decision, in coordination with his top health advisers, to extend social distancing guidelines until the end of April.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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