Donald Trump is making the coronavirus outbreak a political issue and not a public health issue. A new report by The Daily Beast revealed that the president has been urging his coronavirus task force not only attack Democrats over the growing pandemic, but to keep to themselves with any new revelations.
As the Beast reports, “According to three sources who have independently discussed the crisis with him in the last three weeks, Trump has appeared preoccupied with his theory that liberals and the press were attempting to use coronavirus to make him ‘look bad’ prior to the November election.”
According to the Beast, Republicans have been instructed to attack Democrats — arguing that any comments they make about the administration’s efforts are “politicizing” the issue.
The report notes that those instructions have also been relayed to members of the task force working under Vice President Mike Pence, with the Beast reporting, “… those talking points have been pushed as a primary message point for surrogates to emphasize. According to a person familiar with the strategy, the White House has encouraged members of the president’s coronavirus task force to denounce Democrats for attempting to politicize the crisis during media appearances this week.”
“On Thursday, the Republican National Committee blasted out a message to surrogates and allies promoting a Fox clip of GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel declaring that Democrats are ‘politicizing this,’ and accused them of wanting ‘porous borders.’ Meanwhile, she said, Trump is ‘taking this by the horns like he always does. He’s going to make sure the American people are safe,’” the report continues, adding, “That same day, the Trump White House sent out a talking-points memo to its own media surrogates about how ‘while the President is leading aggressive response and preparation efforts, many in the media remain focused on attacking him at every turn.’”
You can read the full report HERE.