Actor Dennis Quaid praised President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a new interview with The Daily Beast, saying that Trump is “handling it in a good way.”
“We see him on television every day, he’s involved, and the travel ban early on was a great idea — which he did in spite of protest about that,” Quaid told the news outlet in an interview released Wednesday.
Quaid said that he is an independent and called for the country to unify amid the pandemic, adding that the spread of coronavirus “might be our defining moment of a generation.”
“I’m an independent — I’ve voted both ways throughout my life, swinging like a pendulum toward what the country needed at the time — and I think this might be an opportunity for the country to come together again,” he said. “World War II did that for that generation, and this might be our defining moment of a generation.”
“It’s going to be a different world, for sure, when all this is over, and hopefully we can all be a bit more unified,” Quaid added.
When asked about the lack of critical medical supplies in hospitals across the country and the Trump administration transporting nearly 17.8 tons of “masks, gowns, gauze, respirators and other vital materials to China” on Feb. 7, the same day that the World Health Organization warned about the limited stock of personal protective equipment, Quaid responded: “We were trying to defeat the virus at its source at that time.”
The actor told the outlet that states “are also responsible for having stockpiles of their own,” and that he has not heard reports of coronavirus patients dying “because they couldn’t get a ventilator in a hospital.”
Quaid also praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), saying that Cuomo “is doing a great job out there working for the people of his state.”
“And I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states — and all of the American people — what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over,” Quaid told The Daily Beast. “I don’t want to get into petty arguments about it.”
He also claimed that “China wasn’t really revealing to the rest of the world what was going on,” citing reports that about 5 million people left Wuhan before China quarantined the city earlier this year.
“You know, the world has never experienced this, and I don’t think it’s a time to be political. I think it’s just time to get behind our government and have everybody do what they can,” Quaid said. “If you want to point blame after, that’s another story, but right now I think we all just really need to come together on this.”
“Despite presidents, Congress, and political parties, this is the United States of America, and we’re a very adaptable people in situations like this, and I think we’re all going to get through it,” he added. “My heart goes out to everyone.”
Quaid’s interview recieved mixed reactions online from his fans, with one writing: “Used to like you.”
Used to like you.
— M Christophersen (@mchristo123) April 8, 2020
Dennis isn’t the brightest bulb.
— M.D.Johns (@MDJohns6) April 8, 2020
Are you nuts, if he had instituted a nationwide lockdown in January when are you about this and the dangers of this we would be over this and back to normal, now we have a mess
— Brian Pike (@BrianLPike) April 8, 2020