Ilhan Omar Attacks Trump Over Coronavirus Diagnosis
Democrat shows no sympathy after president contracts COVID-19
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has unsympathetically attacked President Donald Trump after he announced he contracted COVID-19 on Friday.
Omar said in a scathing statement posted on Friday:
"As someone who lost my own father to this virus and seen the pain it causes, I do not wish it on anyone."
"Over 200,000 people have now died while this Administration actively ignores public health guidance and suppresses science."
"For months, we have been hoping for a simple acknowledgment from the President—to hear the words, 'We will get through this together,'" she added.
"And now we only hear those words when it is about him—not the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their lives, and the millions whose families have been touched by it because of his malfeasance," she continued.
"Their cruelty is a direct threat to my constituents," the congresswoman continued.
"This week, the President held a rally and fundraiser in Minnesota, flouting the guidance of his own health agencies by failing to wear a mask," Omar said.
"In doing so, he exposed hundreds in a state that is already suffering from an uptick in cases," Omar added.
"Republican members of our Congressional delegation travelled with him on Air Force One and have not quarantined."
"In fact, they came to the Capitol today, risking the lives of additional elected leaders and staff," she continued.
"The President of the United States and Republicans in Minnesota are actively spreading a deadly virus," Omar concluded.
"They are a risk to the public health of my constituents and our country."
Although Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was less harsh with her response to the president's positive coronavirus diagnosis, she still said Trump gave a “brazen invitation” to the coronavirus by “going into crowds unmasked.”
"This is tragic. It’s very sad," she said.
"But it also is something that, again, going into crowds, unmasked and all the rest was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen."
Early Friday morning, Trump confirmed that he and the First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump said that they had contracted the coronavirus after White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus on Thursday night.
On Friday, White House Physician Sean Conley announced he expected Trump to continue carrying out presidential duties without any disruption despite testing positive for COVID-19.
In a letter, U.S. Navy Commander Physician Conley wrote:
“Rest assured, I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments."