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NBC Insider: 'Treat Trump Like Virus, Contained and Quarantined'

NBC Insider: 'Treat Trump Like Virus, Contained and Quarantined'

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:03 AM

President Donald Trump should be "contained and quarantined" to stop him from spreading "falsehoods" about the coronavirus pandemic, an NBC News insider said.

Speaking with The Daily Beast, the insider said Trump needs to be brought under control.

"I think the best way to handle the president in the briefing is that you handle the president like you handle the virus," the insider said. "He has to be contained and quarantined and his falsehoods have to be scrubbed so that they don't rub off on you."

Regarding the White House briefings about the virus at which Trump often appears and speaks, the insider said, "I completely get the criticism of the performance. But let's remember that the White House press corps absolutely torched the Trump White House for eliminating the daily briefings. Now there's a high-profile daily press briefing that often includes the president and vice president, so you can't have it both ways."

The briefings, an MSNBC insider told The Daily Beast, are "so full of misinformation." But these live events, which are carried by all the major news networks, are easier to produce in the control room than patching together live reports from reporters and anchors who are broadcasting live from their homes.

"Live events alleviate the burden on our incredibly diminished control-room staff," another insider said.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force includes Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and several health officials and experts. It has provided daily updates for several weeks as the U.S. grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened nearly 500,000 people and killed more than 22,000 people worldwide. In the U.S., more than 69,000 people have fallen ill, of which more than 1,000 have died.

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