Trump Told Aides 'I Am Not F—— Losing to Joe Biden' During Discussion on Poor Polls: Report

In the early part of the outbreak in America, Trump downplayed the virus compared to the flu and claimed Democrats were politicizing it as a "hoax" to harm him.

While he's become sharply more serious in how he discusses the pandemic, the president's combative daily press briefings fueled many critical headlines — including when he mused last week whether disinfectant could be used to treat the virus.

The recent campaign meetings highlighting the worrying polls were designed to help push him away from his focus on the briefings, according to the Post.

The president was reportedly reluctant to scuttle the briefings that have given him a new outlet after being forced to end his campaign rallies. But his snafu with the disinfectant suggestion effectively ended them anyway.

There has not been another such briefing since Friday, one day after his comments about possible treatments, and he took no questions there. Instead, he has held periodic other events from the White House as aides try to reorient the press' attention to other parts of their coronavirus response.

Trump continues to tout what he calls a live-saving decision to stop much of the travel from China in February and said his work expanding the ventilator supply was not getting enough attention.

On Thursday, he told reporters that compared to how his predecessor Barack Obama handled the H1n1 flu, "I think we did a spectacular job" with the coronavirus.

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, he said he didn't believe polling data that showed he was trailing Biden.

“I believe the people of this country are smart," he said. "And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.”

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