Sen. Mitt Romney slammed the Trump administration’s weak record on taking care of COVID-19, saying there was no way to spin the high number of deaths.
“I don’t think we really distinguished ourselves in a very positive way by how we responded to the crisis when it was upon us,” Romney said Friday in an interview with the Sutherland Institute think tank.
The president has said that the death toll “is what it is,” and allegedly helped that America’s COVID-19 statistics were good.
“It’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do,” President Donald Trump said during a press conference last week about his record battling the virus.
Romney took matter with the U.S. death toll, which now stands at over 170,000.
“We have 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s deaths due to COVID-19, and there’s no way to spin that in a positive light,” he said.
The U.S. has just over 4% of the world’s population and almost 22% of the world’s reported COVID-19 deaths, according to data.
“From the outset, there was a tendency on the part of the administration to dismiss COVID-19 as a threat not to consider how serious it could become,” said Romney. “There was no immediate action to, if you will, ring all the alarm bells.”
Sen. Mitt Romney said the federal government should have immediately taken action by setting safety precautions, arranging the manufacture of essential supplies and equipment and providing much-needed protective gear.