Donald Trump Jr. said he’s “entitled to speak with hyperbole” when questioned in an interview with “Axios on HBO” about his statement suggesting Democrats want millions to die from the coronavirus.
Trump Jr. told Fox News in late February that “for Democrats to try taking a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump’s streak of winning is a new level of sickness.”
“I don’t know if this is coronavirus or Trump Derangement Syndrome, but these people are infected badly,” Trump told Fox News.
However, Trump clarified that he doesn’t actually think that Democrats want millions to die, but noted:
“I don’t know that they want millions of people, but you could see them.”
“There was nothing that Trump could do that could turn his response to coronavirus into, hey, he did a good job.”
There are more than 106,000 coronavirus cases in 100 countries and territories and the global death toll has risen to almost 3,600.
According to the reports, Trump administration’s response to the novel coronavirus is being spearheaded by Vice President Mike Pence, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.
Officials have predicted the continued spread of the virus throughout the U.S., with the likelihood of significantly more confirmed cases as testing improves.
Ezekiel Emanuel, special adviser to the director general of the World Health Organization, told MSNBC Wednesday he found “most” of what President Trump said at his briefing on the novel coronavirus “incoherent.”
The big picture: As the number of confirmed cases reaches 60 in the U.S., the top health professional — who was a health policy adviser in the Obama administration — is among several leading figures, in particular, Democrats, to criticize the president for his response to the outbreak.
The Vice President, Mike Pence told NBC in an interview airing Sunday said President Trump would “respect any decisions that are made at the state and local level” on actions to combat the novel coronavirus, including school shutdowns.
However, the poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.
Having reviewed the current situation this deadly virus has caused, There are so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.