Daily US Times, South Carolina: President Donald Trump has claimed that criticism from Democrats over his handling of the coronavirus epidemic sweeping the globe is “their new hoax.”
He was addressing a rally in North Charleston, S.C., the evening before the Democrats’ presidential primary.
“This is their new hoax,” the president said with a thundering gesture, “A virus starts in China, bleeds its way into countries around the world, doesn’t spread into the United States because of the actions I took and the Democrats’ single talking point is that it’s Donald Trump’s fault.”
Earlier in the day, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney called the coronavirus “the hoax of the day” in an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State refused to say anything about Mulvaney’s assessment in testimony before Congress.
When he was asked about the assessment, he replied, “I’m not gonna comment on what others are saying.”
Trump claims Democrats “want us to fail so badly” in fighting the coronavirus. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. put it more bluntly in an appearance on Fox News Friday morning, saying Democrats were rooting for the coronavirus to “kill millions of people.”
Like last week, he again expressed his confidence in fighting with the virus outbreak, saying “Things happen in life and you have to be flexible. We are preparing for the worst.”
“We are ready, totally ready,” he added.
He then said his wall on the U.S. border with Mexico would help prevent the spread of epidemics. But Mexico has so far reported only a single case of the virus.
Trump said, “We must understand that border security is health security. The Democrats’ policy of open borders is a direct threat to the health of all Americans and you see it with the coronavirus.”
Health officials in the US have warned that the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. is inevitable.
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More than 50 countries have now reported cases of coronavirus. There are nearly 84 thousand cases confirmed globally, most of them in mainland China where 78,961 people have been infected and 2,791 have died.
The UK has confirmed the first death case- a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan.
Amid the rising concerns of the fate of Tokyo Olympics 2020, A senior official for the Olympics said on Friday that Tokyo has no Plan B for this year’s Summer Olympics despite alarm over the spread of the coronavirus in Japan and elsewhere with under five months before the event.
The deputy director-general of the Tokyo 2020 Preparation Bureau, Katsura Enyo said there will not be one bit of change in holding the Games as planned.
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