Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday claimed that President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus disaster was worse than the Watergate scandal that compelled President Richard Nixon from workplace.
“Trump’s COVID scandal makes Nixon’s Watergate look harmless,” Cuomo stated throughout a information convention in Manhattan.
“Nobody died within the Watergate scandal. 1000’s of persons are going to die on this COVID scandal and that’s all of the distinction on this planet.”
Cuomo additionally alluded to current occasions in suggesting that if Trump doesn’t imagine Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments and a key member of his White Home coronavirus job power, he ought to fireplace him.
“The president now says his personal well being officers are mendacity concerning the virus,” Cuomo stated. “You recognize what I might do if I believed my very own well being commissioner was mendacity? I might fireplace him.”
On Sunday, the nation’s high coronavirus testing official — Assistant Secretary of Well being Adm. Brett Giroir — publicly clashed with Fauci over the problem of reopening states following coronavirus lockdowns.
“I respect Dr. Fauci lots, however Dr. Fauci just isn’t 100 p.c proper, and he additionally doesn’t essentially, he admits that, have the entire nationwide curiosity in thoughts,” Giroir instructed NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“He appears at it from a really slender public well being level of view.”
Trump’s advisers additionally privately undercut Fauci over the weekend by offering information shops with particulars about statements he made early within the pandemic that they stated had been inaccurate, the New York Occasions reported.
COVID-19 has killed 135,272 individuals within the US as of early Monday afternoon, in response to the Johns Hopkins College Coronavirus Useful resource Heart.