No, you are nitpicking trying to suggest he didn't call it a hoax. He did, and a bunch in his right wing media did (all on message). That is not nitpicking. That is the reality of what happened. They lagged behind the "real world" by at least a week or more it seems. You may hang on to Trump's individual words that the virus itself wasn't a hoax. I mean realyl? I would hope calling the actual virus a hoax might be a stretch even for Trump, but if you want to hang your hat on that you do you. There's no denying what went on at Fox and elsewhere. Now the thing on the Malaria drug might be "nitpicking", but I saw one of those Trump conferences and he was definitely over-hyping it. Responsible leaders don't do stuff like that. They don't constantly build false hopes.