Trump Brushes Off Claims Impeachment Blurred Coronavirus Response

Cornelia Mascio
Апреля 3, 2020

"And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment", McConnell said in an interview on "The Hugh Hewitt Show".

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Trump echoed this argument, saying that the removal "probably had" distracted him from the response to the coronavirus epidemic.

"The way I thought it would work best would be for those of us in the Senate to try to get started on a bipartisan basis and we were doing really quite well, as you may recall, until the Speaker of the House chose to insert herself into the process", he explained.

President Trump said Tuesday that he would not have acted faster or differently in addressing the coronavirus if he weren't impeached by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. Mitch McConnell said the spread of COVID-19 that began in China "came up while we were tied down on the impeachment trial".

President Donald Trump brushed off claims that his impeachment trial diverted his attention from the coronavirus threat, reports The Hill.

"I don't like to think I did, I think I handled it pretty well, but I guess it probably did".

Trump, however, has been criticized for initially downplaying the virus, comparing it to the flu and for his more recent comments that restrictions on work and travel could be lifted by mid-April, arguing that the response to the virus shouldn't be worse than the health crisis itself. "But I was focused on the time on what I thought was going to be a growing crisis coming out Wuhan".

The coronavirus is widely believed to have originated in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province, at the end of a year ago and the first travel-related case of COVID-19 was reported in Washington state on January 21.

"But the reality is the president screwed up at multiple levels from the very beginning on testing, not accepting I think the World Health Organization tests, to not taking this is as real..."

Charles Duncan covers what's happening right now across North and SC, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region.

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