Donald Trump has suggested he is the “hardest working president in history” just days after claiming his press briefings on coronavirus were “not worth the effort” following backlash against his comments about using disinfectant as a Covid-19 treatment.

“The people that know me and know the history of our Country say that I am the hardest working President in history. I don’t know about that, but I am a hard worker and have probably gotten more done in the first 3 1/2 years than any President in history,” Mr Trump said on Sunday.

His comments came as the number of US Covid-19 cases neared one million and Dr Deborah Birx, Mr Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, warned social distancing measures would need to remain in place throughout the summer.

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Trump suggests he is ‘hardest working president in history’ days after skipping briefings

Donald Trump has suggested he is the “hardest working president in history” just days after claiming his press briefings on coronavirus were “not worth the effort” due to media criticism.

The president received intense backlash last week after making a dangerous and false suggestion that disinfectant could be used as a Covid-19 treatment – a comment he has since claimed was sarcastic.

“The people that know me and know the history of our Country say that I am the hardest working President in history,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I don’t know about that, but I am a hard worker and have probably gotten more done in the first 3 1/2 years than any President in history.”

Mr Trump did not hold press briefings on the pandemic on Saturday or Sunday and instead took to using social media to raise his grievances about media coverage of his administration.

White House officials have reportedly attempted to steer him away from the televised briefings due to fears that his unscripted, and at times reckless, comments on coronavirus were damaging his re-election chances.


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