Mulvaney Claims Media Is Over-Hyping Coronavirus "To Bring Down The President"
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney downplayed the significance of the coronavirus epidemic during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, saying it is merely the latest move by Democrats and media to harm the president.
According to The New York Times, Mulvaney said the Trump administration took “extraordinary steps four or five weeks ago” to combat the threat, claiming that no one knows this because the media failed to cover it.
“Why didn’t you hear about it?” Mulvaney asked, referencing travel restrictions that were widely covered by news outlets. “What was still going on four or five weeks ago? Impeachment, that’s all the press wanted to talk about.”
The media was consumed by impeachment “because they thought it would bring down the president,” Mulvaney claimed, despite the fact that the news media has been covering the coronavirus outbreak for months.
But according to the Trump official, news outlets only began covering the health issue once they determined it was their next best bet to take down President Donald Trump.
“The reason you’re seeing so much attention to it today is that they think this is going to be the thing that brings down the president,” he said. “That’s what this is all about it.”
Mulvaney also told the CPAC crowd that the coronavirus is not as bad as Ebola, MERS, or SARS and should be no more scary than the flu, which he acknowledged also kills people.