But the President's bullish, self-congratulatory rhetoric -- a staple of a presidency that has divided the nation -- is still jarring with the desperate reality of a fast-worsening pandemic that is running out of control.
On the day that heralded another grim new record in reported deaths -- more than 500 -- and that the fatality toll was roughly on par
with those killed on September 11, 2001, Trump opened his daily news conference with a stark message, even though he still struggles to summon the empathy
appropriate for such a time of mourning.
Trump, who will be called upon to steady an anguished nation in the days to come, warned the country of a "vital 30 days" ahead, a day after extending social distancing guidelines until the end of April.
"Our future is in our own hands and the choices and sacrifices we make will determine the fate of this virus and really the fate of our victory," he said.