President Trump is brushing off a new spike in coronavirus cases engulfing states across the South and Southwest, presenting a sunnier outlook even as Republican governors and public health officials increasingly express concern, according to The Hill.
He thinks that the virus is fading away, even though a record 40,000 new cases across America were registered on Friday.
Trump was heavily criticized for not wearing a mask in public to encourage the citizens to do the same just like other officials from both parties.
He also used Twitter to say that the rise in the positive number of the coronavirus is because of the great testing, even though several experts suggest that there are other reasons for that and not only the testing.
The longest-serving Republican senator, Chuck Grassley tweeted on Friday that he wished someone would read the President a Wall Street Journal editorial that stated in part:
“Lately, he has all but given up even talking about the pandemic when he might offer realism and hope about the road ahead even as the country reopens. His default now is defensive self-congratulation.’’
Another Republican, Doug Heye, said that the successful handling of the coronavirus would have been a political boon to the President.
“If the government response to this was right, he would be able to take credit. If the government response to this was right, he would be able to take credit, but that ship has already sailed. The question is how far it’s going to sink,’’ said Heye.
On the other hand, Vice-President Mike Pence had a positive point of view as he said that there are no outstanding requests for protective equipment for health workers from any governor in an affected state, adding that the testing has increased from the early months of the pandemic with more than 500,000 tests per day now being performed.
“We have made truly remarkable progress in moving our nation forward,’’ said Pence, as he gave his condolences to the families of the U.S citizens who died because of the coronavirus.