CNN’s Anderson Cooper accused President Trump of “hijacking” the White House coronavirus task force press briefing on Monday evening, telling viewers the president is trying to rewrite the history of “reprehensibly irresponsible” early response to the outbreak and is attempting to further his chances at being re-elected.
“If you tuned into it hoping you were going to hear from the country’s top scientists, you were likely disappointed,” Cooper said late Monday on “AC360.”
“What you mostly heard was the president. And what you saw was a hijacking. A hijacking of the task force press conference by a president determined to rewrite the history of his early and reprehensibly irresponsible response to this virus,” Cooper continued.
“What the president showed us today is what the nation’s top scientists have to deal with every day,” said Cooper. “A president who now uses these briefings as a re-election platform. An opportunity to lie, to deflect, to attack, to bully and cover up his own deadly dismissals of the virus for crucial weeks.”
Cooper also denounced Trump’s attacks on journalists and his explosive reaction to a question at Monday’s briefing concerning a report critical of the government’s response to the virus, authored by Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm.
When asked about the report, Trump dismissed it immediately while questioning the integrity of the Inspector General.
Cooper noted that officials in many locations across the U.S. continue to insist that testing for COVID-19 remains inadequate despite Trump’s claims.
“This is what the president is clinging to, claiming that testing always has been great. It hasn’t, it’s still not,” Cooper said. “Hospitalization rates and fatalities [are] expected to increase dramatically from the coronavirus. President Trump, however, spoke again today of light at the end of the tunnel. No word on how long that tunnel may be or how dim the light currently is.”
.@andersoncooper calls today's coronavirus briefing a “hijacking of the task force press conference by a President determined to rewrite the history of his early and reprehensibly irresponsible response.”
“This is not normal and it matters because this is life or death,” he adds pic.twitter.com/gMg4YfYeDH
— CNN (@CNN) April 7, 2020