President Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden each marked the grim milestone of coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000 in the USA - but the timing of their comments and the forum they each used to release their messages were different.
The COVID-19 death toll passed 100,000 Wednesday evening, as Trump was returning to Washington from a trip to Florida, where he had been supposed to celebrate a historic rocket launch, which was postponed due to inclement weather.
In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump said he extends his "heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent". "Not good!" Trump said in a tweet.
Over the past several weeks and months during the coronavirus lockdown in the United States, First Lady Melania Trump has taken a more serious approach in getting Americans to comply with CDC guidelines to slow the spread. "There are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rendering, that they're forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief".
Asked about the dwindling number of task force meetings, one administration official said there are not as many decisions that need to be made on an urgent basis.
"To those hurting, I'm so sorry for your loss". Today is one of those moments.
Amid the virus crisis, the USA economy has experienced shocks not seen since the Great Depression in the early 30s with the number of workers filing for jobless benefits crossing 40 million even as major companies continued to slash jobs with Boeing planning to cut ten per cent of its workforce. "The nation grieves with you", wrote Biden in his tweet with the video.
Now, as the pandemic cools in NY, new hotspots are arising in the South and Midwest regions of the country.