Former New York mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful, Mike Bloomberg, criticized US President Donald Trump in a new campaign ad concerning the China-sourced Wuhan coronavirus, slamming the latter's response to the ongoing health crisis.
Bloomberg’s 30-second ad claims that the Trump administration is "underprepared" for the crisis, while highlighting how the extremely wealthy presidential hopeful responded to the 9/11 attacks and an earlier health crisis while mayor of New York.
“Health experts warn the US is underprepared. Managing a crisis is what Mike Bloomberg does. In the aftermath of 9/11, he steadied and rebuilt America’s largest city, oversaw emergency response to natural disasters, upgraded hospital preparedness to manage health crises, and he’s funding cutting edge research to contain epidemics,” the narration claimed.
Trump asserted that the Wuhan coronavirus is “a problem that's going to go away", despite warnings from the Centre's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that note it is not a question of if, but when, the deadly disease will arrive in the United States.
Trump tweeted that the drop in US stock markets are due to coronavirus fears, and blamed media outlets for “doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets”.
The US has confirmed 57 infection cases of the China-based epidemic inside the country, a potential crisis that faces the nation in the event that the the government does not take serious steps to confront the disease.