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The coronavirus has quickly swept across the world.
What began as an outbreak in China now has the potential to be an international pandemic.
This is why the Trump Administration is taking the coronavirus response seriously.
Medical scientists are quickly working around the clock to develop a vaccine.
The Trump administration is strategically handling resources to minimize the threat of the coronavirus in the United States.
Vice President Mike Pence has been appointed as the head of a task force to oversee the U.S. response to the coronavirus.
Trump himself praised Pence, who replaced health and human services secretary Alex Azar.
However, Representative Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez (AOC), a former bartender, has claimed that Pence is unqualified for the role.
See her tweet below:
Pence's appointment to the position proves that the Trump administration is taking the coronavirus seriously.
Vice President Pence will officially be the White House’s point person for top officials at the Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Breitbart has more details on AOC's comments:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Wednesday decried President Donald Trump’s appointment of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the administration’s effort to combat the potential spread of deadly Chinese coronavirus in the United States, claiming he is unqualified for the role.
“Mike Pence literally does not believe in science. It is utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of US coronavirus response as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic,” the New York Democrat wrote on social media. “This decision could cost people their lives. Pence’s past decisions already have.”
Ocasio-Cortez then shared an article in which Pence is accused of enabling an HIV outbreak in Indiana under his governorship, writing: “As governor, Pence’s science denial contributed to one of the worst HIV outbreaks in Indiana’s history.”
“As governor, Pence’s science denial contributed to one of the worst HIV outbreaks in Indiana’s history,” she added. “He is not a medical doctor. He is not a health expert. He is not qualified nor positioned in any way to protect our public health.”
President Trump announced hours before Ocasio-Cortez’s comments that Pence will lead the U.S.’s response to the virus. During the press briefing, the president said the illness’s spread is not inevitable and that citizens that have been diagnosed with it are doing “very well.”
Ironally, many voters believe AOC is unqualified to suggest that Pence unqualified.
See the tweets below:
It appears that desperate Democrats are looking to use the coronavirus to score political points.
Trump wants to work together with the Democrats to keep Americans safe from the virus.
However, both Pelosi and Schumer (and now AOC) have all criticized the president to appease their base.
Fox News has more insight on how the coronavirus has gotten political:
In his Wednesday night press conference on the coronavirus threat, Trump criticized the Democratic leaders for their tone on funding while fitting in a couple of insults.
"I think she's incompetent and I think she's not thinking about the country," Trump said of Pelosi.
"But we have to work together," Trump continued. "Instead, she wants to do the same thing with cryin' Chuck Schumer. He goes out and he says the president only asked for $2.5 billion, he should have $8.5 billion. This is the first time I've ever been told that we should take more. Usually, it's we have to take less."
Seemingly in response to Trump's Wednesday comments, Pelosi and Schumer released a joint statement on Congress' plans for coronavirus funding Thursday morning which appeared to admonish the president without naming him.
"The United States government must do more to address the spread of the deadly coronavirus in a smart, strategic, and serious way and we stand ready to work in a bipartisan fashion in Congress and with the administration to achieve this necessary goal," the statement read. "Lives are at stake—this is not the time for name-calling or playing politics."
Pelosi and Schumer then went on to lay out a handful of demands for any congressional appropriations to fight coronavirus. Those demands included that the funding be new and not "stolen from other accounts," safeguards against the president potentially transferring the money to use on something else, that vaccines be affordable, that interest-free loans be available to small businesses and provisions be available to reimburse state and local governments that help the federal government combat the disease.
AOC has not issued an apology or retraction of her statements.