The claim that Trump called coronavirus a hoax is itself a hoax. The transcript of his original remarks can be checked. They are:
The Democrats are politicising the coronavirus…They’re politicising it. One of my people came up to me and said: ‘Mr President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. This is their new hoax.
(In fact I’ve taken the quote from the same article which the Guardian headlines as Trump claiming that the coronavirus is a hoax. This pattern – of a fake headline – but buried far down in the article the actual facts is characteristic of Guardian propaganda. The same pattern can also be found in countless faked ‘reports’ which government commissions to justify various policies which they want to claim are ‘evidenced-based’ – and which pharmaceutical companies use to legitimize fake treatments for fake conditions. No doubt much of modern ‘science’ follows the same pattern; I imagine that if we studied the reports which pesticide producers use to explain why their bee-killing products are not in fact killing bees we would probably see the same pattern. I’m just more familiar with social policy ‘reports’ and tests for ADHD-drugs).
It is 100% obvious from that that Trump is saying that the Democrats are trying to make political capital out of coronavirus, not that the virus itself is a hoax.
It is characteristic of the way the progressive-liberal ‘left’ simply fakes stories if they think they can damage Trump. The Guardian point blank reports that Trump “claims outbreak is a hoax”. This is 100% ‘fake news’. And then they write poe-faced articles about the problems of ‘fake news’ on Facebook. We are indeed it seems in a fully ‘post-truth’ world. Narrative is everything. Truth is no longer a value which anyone thinks matters. Or rather the test has moved. ‘Truth’ now means that a statement corresponds with the approved narrative.