BERNIE Sanders slammed Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as he labeled him the "most dangerous President" and said he "totally minimized the danger facing the people of our country."
The Vermont Senator's comments came in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, just after he released a statement for Wisconsin to delay its primaries scheduled for next week as virus cases soared past 190,000.
"We have a president who should have listened to what the scientists were telling us-that there was a pandemic coming," Sanders told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
"I think it is clear, he was on television a million times saying don't worry about it."
He added: "He totally minimized the danger facing the people of our country."
His comments mirrored similar statements he made earlier today on The Political View.
Sanders added to MSNBC that the handling from Trump had nothing to do with the related impeachment trial against him.
He later said that Trump will need to comply with a portion of the $2.2 trillion relief bill that allows a special Inspector General to oversee how $500 billion in loans would be given to large businesses.
Sanders slammed Trump as the "most dangerous President" America has seen, as U.S. coronavirus deaths topped 4,100.
"This is why he is such a dangerous president- he can't say 'I don't like that position. I'm not going to abide by it.' That's wrong," Sanders said, referring to how Trump said he would not comply with that part of the relief bill.
"That’s not acceptable. There must be accountability. There must be an inspector general.
"He will abide by it. He cannot spend money willy-nilly any way he wants," Sanders told MSNBC.
Sanders' comments came after Trump admitted he downplayed the coronavirus initially and said it was because he wanted "to give hope" and be the nation's "cheerleader.
“This is going to be one of the roughest two or three weeks we've ever had in our country. We're going to lose thousands of people," Trump said Tuesday, as White House doctors said the U.S. coronavirus death toll could reach 240,000.
Trump had previously said the virus will "disappear" and said he wanted the country to re-open by Easter amid widespread lockdowns.
The President has begun to change his tone this week, however, as he extended social distancing guidelines until April 30.
“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” Trump said.
States across the U.S. are preparing for a continued rise in cases, as New York – which remains the nation's epicenter – is bracing for a peak in coming weeks.
Video from inside one Brooklyn hospital shows patients lined up in beds in the hallway as the center reached capacity, as one doctor described it as a "medical war zone."
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