Schiff Slams Trump’s 'Incompetent' Coronavirus Speech, Says Travel Ban is 'Crazy'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman politicizes virus
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called President Donald Trump's coronavirus speech “kind of a crazy quilt,” adding that craziest part was his travel ban.
During Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Schiff said:
"There were a lot of things I wish I’d heard in the president’s speech today and some that I did hear that really concerned me."
"Because when you have a major health crisis like this, incompetence kills. Incompetence kills," Schiff stated.
"And the response thus far from the administration has been, unfortunately, plagued with incompetence," he added.
"And in particular, not getting those tests out there quickly so we can see who is infected, where they were infected, what steps could be taken to really mitigate the spread of this virus, and we now are in the position of trying to make up for lost time that we will never get back.
Schiff said that ensuring sick homebound workers are taken care of financially “was the only thing, or one of the few things that made sense to me in what the president had to say.”
Schiff added the speech was “kind of a crazy quilt, no more crazy than the travel ban, which applies to certain countries, but not others."
"It applies to countries where there’s less of a problem in Europe, but not where there’s more of a problem elsewhere, like in South Korea.”
CNN host Don Lemon also slammed Trump's speech claiming it was giving America "all of these mixed messages" in the face of the coronavirus.
“We need straight, accurate information from this president," Lemon interjected.
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And this administration. And we’re not getting it," he yelled.
"And I don’t understand why you are tiptoeing around it!” Lemon said.
During Trump's address, he urged Americans to put “politics aside, stop the partisanship among parties and unify as one nation and one family."
Earlier this week, Trump accused the Democrats and the "Fake News Media" of attempting to "inflame” the coronavirus outbreak far beyond facts.
“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant,” Trump tweeted.