Trump vs. Pence: The administration contradicts itself on coronavirus

In late February, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee – a former presidential candidate – tweeted that he’d told Pence “our work would be more successful if the Trump administration stuck to the science and told the truth.”

Since Inslee’s tweet, Washington state has emerged as the focal point of the worst outbreak of U.S. coronavirus cases, and increasingly worked with the federal government on its response. Inslee this week banned large gatherings and closed schools in the three counties hit hardest by the virus.


Trump in early March met with drug company executives, and later that night promised a vaccine was coming soon. Pence the next day specified that a vaccine might soon go to trial in humans.