Aug 05, 2020
POTUS: COVID-19 “is what it is”

“I’m still stuck on the President’s phrase to Jonathan Swan in that remarkable interview: ‘It is what it is.’ And I’ll tell you ‘what it is.’ When he said that, 38 Americans an hour died of the virus. That’s what it is, and today the evictions begin, mortgages to come, food lines exist in America. There are 30 million people unemployed. That’s what it is. ‘It is what it is.’ That’s what it is,” says veteran journalist Mike Barnicle in this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist about President Donald Trump’s recent interview with Axios on HBO, during which Trump said the United States’ staggering death toll from coronavirus “is what it is.”