Donald Trump is more focused on the US election than tackling coronavirus, Piers Morgan claims

PUBLISHED: 17:06 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 19:32 20 April 2020

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Piers Morgan has claimed Donald Trump is more focused on winning re-election in November than working with the establishment to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. Photograph: ITV.Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. Photograph: ITV.

The Good Morning Britain presenter told CNN that president Trump’s handling of daily press briefings was putting American lives at risk.

He said: “I’ve been watching these daily briefings with mounting horror, frankly because this is not what the president should be doing.

“All that we require from the president in these moments - and from any world leader, frankly - is that they’ve got to be calm, they’ve got to show authority, honesty, be accurate and be entirely factual with the people and have an ability to show empathy.

“On almost every level Donald Trump is failing the American people.”

A Trump friend and supporter, Morgan said the president used daily press briefings as a “rally” to promote his achievements.

“It’s like what’s more important is winning the election in November,” he added. “It’s not, Donald Trump. What is more important now is saving American lives and I believe the complacency the American and British establishments have shown in the first few weeks of this crisis has been extremely damaging to both country’s ability to deal with the coronavirus.”

“But, it’s not too late for them to get a grip and actually make an attack on the virus their number one priority.”

The US now has the highest death toll in the world with 41,155 confirmed coronavirus mortalities.

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