NBC's Chuck Todd pressed Mike Pence to 'name some names' of Democrats pushing 'irresponsible' coronavirus claims
Vice President Mike Pence was pressed on NBC's "Meet the Press" to back up some of his claims that Democrats were floating "irresponsible rhetoric" about the coronavirus outbreak. Host Chuck Todd called up examples of conservative like Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump Jr. who have floated unsubstantiated claims of the virus being politically weaponized against President Donald Trump. "Name some names, sir, because this just feels like gaslighting," Todd said of Pence's broad claims against "Democrats."
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NBC host Chuck Todd pressed Vice President Mike Pence on his previous comments dismissing "irresponsible rhetoric" he said Democrats made about the coronavirus outbreak. On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Todd picked out statements from come of the president's allies, including Donald Trump Jr. and Rush Limbaugh, who has made unsubstantiated comments like claiming the virus is a "common cold" being weaponized by President Donald Trump's critics. "None of this seems to match the facts," Todd said. "What facts are there that Democrats are doing this? It seems like people are asking questions and are concerned about the virus. This implies some sort of political motivation, which is kind of gross." "Well, I will tell you there's been a lot of irresponsible rhetoric among Democrats and commentators on the left," Pence, who is leading the White House's response to the outbreak, said. "Who?" Todd asked. "Name some names, sir, because this just feels like gaslighting. Please name some names. We're all big people here." Pence later pointed to a New York Times opinion column entitled "Let's Call It Trumpvirus" as an example of a critic using the virus to slam Trump. When asked if the vice president believed that "the entire Democratic Party is doing this," Pence said, "No, but there have been irresponsible voices." Democratic contenders former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized Trump's response to the outbreak during their own Sunday show appearances, slamming him for politicizing the issue and trying to blame Democrats.
“I see no preparedness other than political talking points, putting someone in charge who is not a scientist and muzzling the scientists," Joe Biden says on Trump's response to the coronavirus."This is not a Democratic hoax, this is incompetence ...” https://t.co/23kgGkwFyy pic.twitter.com/BZUdtNtDCl — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 1, 2020
Pence's comments come after Trump led a press conferenceSaturday after the first confirmed conornavirus-related death in the US. The president had clarified a comment he made at a rally the day before, when he called criticism from Democrats over his handling of the virus a "hoax." When a reporter asked if he regretted using the word "hoax," Trump said his comments were in reference to Democrats propagating other political issues like "the impeachment hoax or the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax." "Hoax referring to the action that they take to try and pin this on somebody because we've done such a good job," Trump said Saturday. "The hoax is on them." Read more: President Trump says 'there's no reason to panic at all' after US reported its first coronavirus death Mapping the coronavirus outbreak: Where in the world — and the US — the disease has spread Chinese social-media platform WeChat saw spikes in the terms 'SARS,' 'coronavirus,' and 'shortness of breath,' weeks before the first cases were confirmed, a study suggests At least 4 of the dozens of US coronavirus cases are not linked to overseas travel but are likely the result of 'community spread'Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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Pence's office says the vice president is 'not in quarantine' following reports that he is self-isolating after his spokeswoman tested positive for coronavirus
A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement that Pence is "not in...A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement that Pence is "not in quarantine." Earlier on Sunday, Bloomberg and Associated Press reported that the vice president was entering self-isolation after one of his top aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The reports come just a few days after it was reported Katie Miller, Pence's press secretary, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement that Pence is "not in quarantine" after reports indicated that he was self-isolating. "Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine," Devin O'Malley, a Pence spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN's Jeremy Diamond. "Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow," the statement added. Earlier on Sunday, Bloomberg and Associated Press reported that the vice president was entering self-isolation after one of his top aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Bloomberg cited three people familiar with the situation that Pence is self-isolating away from the White House as of this weekend, but has repeatedly tested negative. A senior official told NBC News on Sunday that the vice president will be "low key for the next couple days" but that there would be no restrictions on his schedule. The report comes just a few days after it was reported Katie Miller, Pence's press secretary and wife of one of President Donald Trump's closest aides Stephen Miller, had tested positive for the coronavirus. President Trump said that Miller had been a part of regular testing before getting a positive result. "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie," Trump said. "She tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of a sudden today she tested positive. "She hasn't come into contact with me," Trump added. "She's spent some time with the vice president." The president and Pence have undergone weekly rapid-result testing for the novel coronavirus for the past several weeks. Trump said last week that he would be ramping up the tests to daily. In addition to Miller, at least two Trump administration staffers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, prompting the White House to announce increased guidelines including cleaning and social distancing to lessen concerns over an outbreak among staffers. Pence's isolation comes after coronavirus task force members Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, and Stephen Hahn, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner have also gone into self-quarantine.Join the conversation about this story »
Critics flagged up his anti-science background and questionable record as governor but the vice-president has won...Critics flagged up his anti-science background and questionable record as governor but the vice-president has won praise as the Covid-19 taskforce headSee all our coronavirus coverageHis past record made him seem an odd choice. He remains as servile to Donald Trump as ever. But Mike Pence, the US vice-president, is said to be having “a good war” against the coronavirus outbreak. Related: Coronavirus travel updates: which countries have restrictions and FCO warnings in place? Continue reading...