“The Team is Brilliant”: Trump Says Pence Will Lead Coronavirus Response
At a press conference on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence would be in charge of overseeing a new federal coronavirus task force. Trump praised Pence for his record of health care leadership in Indiana, telling reporters that his right hand man had a “certain talent” for handling matters in this sphere.
“Mike will be working with the professionals and doctors and everyone else working, the team is brilliant,” Trump said. “Mike is going to be in charge and Mike will report back to me, but he has a certain talent for this.”
In remarks of his own, Pence said that he was grateful for the responsibility.
“I look forward, Mr. President, to serving in this role and bringing together all the members of the corona task force that you’ve established,” said the vice president.
Trump said that the federal government was prepared for any turn the disease may take.
“We are ready to adapt and we’re ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads,” Trump said, saying that his administration had requested $2.5 billion in allocations from Congress to deal with the crisis. “We’re going to spend whatever’s appropriate.”
Trump also addressed the falling stock market; the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped more than 2,000 points this week, and experts believe it can largely be attributed to fears of COVID-19 and the drop in global production that may follow its spread.
Trump, on the other hand, speculated on another cause for the financial disruption.
“I think they’re very upset when they look at the Democrat candidates standing on the stage making fools out of themselves,” Trump mused.
Trump has (rightfully) been angry over the way the media and Democrats have characterized his administration’s response to the disease, accusing 2020 candidates of politicizing the virus in the hopes of bringing down his poll numbers and sending the economy into trouble.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump accused the media of “doing everything possible to make the coronavirus look as bad as possible.”
Well, he’s not wrong. This is a bad time for our country to be so divided politically, and the response to this disease proves beyond a reasonable doubt that there’s really nothing that can bring us together. Democrats and their media allies are willing to jump at any problem if it means turning Trump into the boogeyman. Whether it’s a downtick in the stock market, a spreading virus, a mass shooting, or a gallon of spoiled milk, they’ll find a way to blame Trump.
If the 2020 candidates had any class – or any real capability of leading this country – they would shut their mouths and support the administration at this trying time.