Jake Tapper Defends Mick Mulvaney from Coronavirus Slander

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Posted: Feb 28, 2020 4:40 PM
Jake Tapper Defends Mick Mulvaney from Coronavirus Slander

Source: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

In this partisan political environment we find ourselves in, even coronavirus has become political. Almost as soon as President Trump was done giving his press conference on the outbreak of the disease, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi questioned his every word. The media didn't help either, with CNN running chyrons suggesting that the president was downplaying the threat of the disease.

That goes for other members of the administration. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney addressed a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference about the disease, telling the audience that the outbreak was "absolutely" serious, but "it's not a death sentence," nor as serious as the Ebola or MERS crises. Democrats like Sen. Ted Lieu (D-CA) decided to embellish his remarks.

Jake Tapper defended Mulvaney from the slander on Twitter and corrected the record. 

Having shared that, Tapper also suggested that Mulvaney was stretching part of the truth.

Concerns are at a new high after the U.S. confirmed the first coronavirus case of unknown origin was detected in California. The spread of the disease has also taken a toll on the stock market, after it posted its worst week since the financial crisis. Can't we agree this is no time for political games.