Tuesday at the White House, President Donald Trump was asked by a reporter if he had spoken to any of the families of Americans who have died as a result of coronavirus, which led Trump to go on a rambling tangent that made almost no sense, according to Ben Gittleson of ABC News, who posted this on Twitter:
I asked Trump if he had spoken with families who had lost loved ones to the coronavirus. He said “three, maybe I guess four families unrelated to me”; he didn’t provide details or share any stories. He has spoken in the past about losing a friend. Over 57,000 Americans have died. https://t.co/yTVSHY2dvU
— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) April 28, 2020
As of this morning, over 59,000 Americans have perished as a result of COVID-19. Earlier this week we learned that Trump was repeatedly warned the virus was a threat during at least a dozen daily intelligence briefings. But apparently he cannot be bothered to express any condolences to the families of victims.
Trump’s admission that he has failed to do any outreach drew a sharp reaction on Twitter:
1 million cases and nearly 60,000 dead Americans and trump has only managed to speak to 3 or 4 bereaved families unrelated to him.
It’s really quite impressive how deeply unpresidential he is.#TrumpPressBriefing #coronavirus
— Vicky Finlay (@VixFinlay) April 28, 2020
Trump is asked a softball question about speaking with families of #coronavirus victims & he just can’t answer it. No empathy. Zero. None. Just the absolute last person you’d want in times of tragedy.
— Jim Heath (@JimHeathTV) April 28, 2020
56k people have died and Trump said he’s spoken to 3 families. 3. He’s just can’t be bothered. #coronavirus
— Frances (@pennyblab) April 28, 2020
Trump just can’t do it, it’s not in him to put others first. If he can’t use it for HIS BENEFIT, forget it.
— Linda Ayers (@LindaAy30729397) April 29, 2020
In times of tragedy, a president is supposed to be a source of comfort and solace. But apparently Donald Trump doesn’t possess the requisite empathy to console anyone but himself.
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