“Trump cheered on the American people for their efforts.

“I will say that they are doing maybe a better job than we all thought were possible,” he said, pointing to the empty streets in New York City as evidence that people were taking the guidelines seriously.

Vice President Mike Pence also voiced hope about the “glimmers of progress” in the numbers.

“The truth is we are starting to see cases, and most importantly losses as hospitalizations begin to stabilize,” he said.

He cheered on Americans for continuing to follow the 60-day guidelines to slow the spread of the virus.

“Make no mistake about it, I want to say to the American people: if that holds, if that is happening, it is because of what all of you are doing,” he said.

Reporters during the briefing voiced skepticism about the positive message sent by the president and his staff, but even Dr. Anthony Fauci took the podium to say Americans should continue finding hope in the numbers.

“It seems to be inherently contradictory, but it is not,” he said.

Fauci said that the “light at the end of the tunnel” is still about two weeks away, but that Americans should see that their commitment to social distancing is working.

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