While the media and Democrats are ramping up their attacks on President Trump, and blaming him for the deaths caused by coronavirus in the US, Vice President Mike Pence is defending him.
On Wednesday, Pence said that he doesn't believe Trump ever "belittled the threat of the coronavirus." He added during the interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the United States could have been better prepared if China had been more forthcoming with information on the virus.
Blitzer responded snidely that it would have been better if Trump "wouldn’t have been belittling the enormity of this crisis, the coronavirus pandemic as he was."
"Well, Wolf, respectfully I take issue with two things that you just said. I don't believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus." Pence said, "I think he’s expressed confidence that America will meet this moment. I think he’s expressed gratitude and confidence in health care workers in this country, and the American people can be assured that President Trump is going to continue to be confident that we will meet this moment."
Mike Pence tells CNN: "I don't believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus." pic.twitter.com/lIB8K3OcBk
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) April 1, 2020
Blitzer interjected that he was basing his remarks on Trump as recently as last week comparing the death toll of the coronavirus favorably to influenza and automobile accidents and the president's comments at the end of February that the 15 cases reported at the time in the U.S. would soon be down "close to zero."
Pence replied that Trump is "an optimistic person," and credited the president with setting up a coronavirus task force within the White House and restricting travel from China in late January.
"We have been hoping for the best but planning for the worst," the vice president concluded.
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