Mike Pence Criticizes ‘Reckless Rhetoric’ On Coronavirus, While Making False Claims

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday looked for to clear up confusion and send out Americans a combined message on the coronavirus pandemic by applauding President Donald Trump’s reaction and slightly slamming “some irresponsible rhetoric.”

In a series of early morning tv interviews, he made false claims and evaded essential concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the federal government’s handling of the pandemic. He did not acknowledge that the president, his administration and his GOP allies have themselves been accountable for a few of the inaccurate info about the infection.

“Obviously, there’s been some irresponsible rhetoric, but the American people should know that President Trump has no higher priority than the health and safety and well-being of the people of this country,” Pence told NBC’s “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie.

When Guthrie asked Pence to set the record directly on some essential truths about the pandemic, the vice president consistently promoted Trump’s “unprecedented” statement that he was prohibiting travel from Europe– while being not able to supply clear responses on the number of Americans might contract COVID-19 or the status of the federal government’s screening for the infection, which has actually consistently dealt with hold-ups.

“What do your experts tell you the number of infected Americans is likely to be? I’m looking for a number if you have it.” –@savannahguthrie inquires about the coronavirus

“There will be thousands of more cases of coronavirus.” –@Mike_Pence

“Thousands or millions?” -Guthrie pic.twitter.com/G3TV2Hwnw6

— TODAY (@TODAYshow)March 12, 2020

The travel restriction statement itself planted confusion, with administration authorities needing to clarify elements of the restriction after Trump’s primetime Oval Office address on Wednesday, such as defining the ban only applied to “foreign nationals” pertaining to the U.S. from Europe, not U.S. people and irreversible locals.

However on CNN Thursday early morning, Pence declared there was no confusion and applauded the “historic” action.

“I don’t think there was confusion,” VP Pence states about explanations provided after Trump revealed he was dramatically limiting travel to the United States.

“…Suspending all travel for 30 days from Europe is a part of the strategy. The other part is an aggressive mitigation strategy.” pic.twitter.com/O9sYcxOaSf

— Brand-new Day (@NewDay)March 12, 2020

On The Other Hand, Trump has actually consistently opposed assistance from medical specialists such as Dr. Anthony Fauci of the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance, consisting of wrongly declaring a coronavirus vaccine might be developed within months and minimizing the pandemic by recommending it would vanish by the spring.

Trump and his allies have actually likewise promoted bigotry and xenophobia. In his Oval Office address, Trump described COVID-19 as a “foreign virus.” Other GOP legislators, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), have actually called it the “Wuhan virus” or the “Chinese coronavirus,” despite the fact that it has actually now spread out worldwide and is not connected to race or ethnic background. They have actually likewise assaulted individuals calling them racist, declaring it’s an overreaction.

Individuals of Chinese descent around the globe have actually reported increased instances of racist and xenophobic attacks coming from the pandemic, and Chinese-owned services have actually reported sharp decreases in sales and patronage. There is a long history of Asian Americans being stereotyped as disease carriers in the U.S., and the earliest Chinese immigrants were described as the “yellow peril.”

Trump’s preferred news network, Fox News, and other conservative media outlets have actually likewise spread out false information about the pandemic.

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