“This is such a s--tshow. Thank goodness the markets are closed."

Case in point: Last night’s coronavirus press conference was all over the map.

Trump was surprised at how deadly the annual flu virus is, but accurately emphasized public health officials’ advice to treat the coronavirus like the flu.

He downplayed the likelihood of a widespread U.S. outbreak, even though public health officials, including the CDC, have said such an outbreak is pretty likely.

A new U.S. case — one that may have been transmitted locally, a key indicator of a potential pandemic — was confirmed while Trump was downplaying the likelihood of a outbreak within the U.S. to the press last night.

“This is such a s–tshow. Thank goodness the markets are closed,” a former Health and Human Services official who’s close to the White House said during the briefing.