The Trump administration signaled on Sunday that it had given up on controlling the spread of the coronavirus, even as the United States set a new daily record for coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, according to NBC News.
“We’re not going to control the pandemic,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “We are gonna control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas.”
“This wasn’t a slip by Meadows,” former Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement. “It was a candid acknowledgement of what President Trump’s strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away. It hasn’t, and it won’t.”
Even on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans were forced to address Meadows’ comments.
Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) disagreed with Meadows. Thune argued that “we all have control.”
“And we all have a responsibility as leaders to set an example that consists of doing the right things to stop the spread, and I think that’s encouraging the wearing of masks and encouraging social distancing,” said Thune, the Senate majority whip. “We all know that stops the spread. Science proves that.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) appeared to defend Meadows.
“It’s all over the world, guys,” Graham said of the virus. “I mean, you’ve had every model from herd immunity to lock the whole world down, and it’s still a problem.”
MEADOWS: We're not going to control the pandemic
TAPPER: Why not?
M: Because it's a contagious virus
T: Why not make efforts to contain it?
M: What we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors to make sure people don't die pic.twitter.com/0DYgk4rB3T
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020