A former White House physician came to the defense of President Donald Trump and praised his efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Ronny Jackson pushed back at the left’s criticism of the president for his handling of the response to the virus, asserting on Fox News that his “quick and decisive actions” have helped the U.S. avoid the outbreak levels in Iran and Italy.
(Source: Fox News)
“The president, he’s done everything he’s needed to do in this case,” Jackson said on “Hannity” Monday.
“He’s acted quickly and decisively. He did what he always does … he went with his instincts,” he added. “He put together a top-notch team and he was criticized and ridiculed as he usually is, to be torn down by the far left and the liberal press.”
“And despite that, he carried on and did what he needed to do for our country. He put the [China] travel ban in place,” Jackson said, adding that the travel restrictions into the U.S. from China implemented by the president in late January have made a positive difference.
“What we see going on in Italy right now and in Iran, I think, is not going to happen here because of the president’s quick and decisive actions. I think we are going to be more in line with what’s going on in South Korea and things of that nature,” Jackson said.
“We are going to see that we got on this early,” he added. “The president stopped this from entering our country very quickly and that’s going to save countless American lives. I am proud that he’s acted so quickly and decisively in all of this.”
Jackson encouraged the public to “follow the president’s lead” and praised the coronavirus task force that he has assembled, contending that there was nothing Trump could have done sooner.
“He’s got the team in place to lead us out of this successfully, and if we just follow his instructions, we’re going to be okay in this,” he added.
Jackson noted that criticism about the lack of tests available to the public was an example “of some of the regulations in government that the president has been getting rid of since day one.
“And so here we had some in the medical community that impacted us early on,” he said.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Mulligan, who was also on the program Monday, applauded “the speed at which science has jumped on this virus,” noting the developments that have led to a vaccine being developed.
“That’s the quickest it’s ever been done,” he said and went on to note how the number of tests being done will rise as public-private partnerships move forward. He contended that, in hindsight, it would have been more helpful to “involve industry maybe even earlier to start rolling out large numbers of tests.”
With more than 183,000 confirmed cases worldwide and more than 7,100 deaths, the U.S numbers have increased to more than 4,600 cases with at least 85 reported deaths.
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