Trump ‘friend’ Piers Morgan slams the president’s coronavirus response

In the same breath that he called himself a “friend” of Donald Trump, British TV personality Piers Morgan accused the president on Sunday of “failing the American people,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Morgan, who appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice with host Donald Trump in 2008, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was reacting to his perception of Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the president’s daily press briefings, which Morgan characterized as “politically partisan — almost like a rally to him,” the Examiner reported.

Words of wisdom?

The host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain and a former CNN anchor, Morgan joined CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday’s episode of Reliable Sources to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and government response around the world, the Examiner reported. And according to Morgan, neither Trump nor British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are pulling their weight.

“They’re still playing the old games of party politics,” Morgan told Stelter in video shared by the Examiner. “Donald Trump in particular, I’ve known him a long time, I consider him to be a friend. But I’ve been watching [his] daily briefings with mounting horror, frankly, because this is not what the president should be doing.”

Morgan went on to say that the U.S. president “is an incredibly important person in the world” and in America alike. “All that is required of a president in those moments [of crisis] — and any world leader, frankly — is they’ve got to be calm, they’ve got to show authority, they have to be honest, they have to be accurate, entirely factual with what they’re telling the people, and they have to have an ability to show empathy,” he said.

“At almost every level of that, Donald Trump at the moment is failing the American people,” Morgan asserted, according to the Examiner. “He’s turning these briefings into a self-aggrandizing, self-justifying, overly defensive, politically partisan — almost like a rally to him.”

Morgan also said he thinks “the complacency that the American and British administrations showed in the first few weeks of this crisis has been extremely damaging to both countries’ ability to deal with [the] coronavirus.”

“But it’s not too late for them to now get a grip and actually make the attack on the virus their No. 1 priority, not pumping themselves up, not telling us all day what a great job they’re doing, but actually focusing on what matters, and that is human life,” the British TV host added.

Pinning the blame

With more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 and over 16,000 in the U.K. as of Monday afternoon, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, Morgan isn’t the only one pinning the blame on government leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said Trump’s “earlier delay and denial” of the crisis “caused deaths,” ABC News reported.

She also called Trump a “poor leader” who is trying to avoid responsibility. But with at least 22 million Americans unemployed amid the crisis, perhaps it is the House speaker who should take a look in the mirror: Democrats still haven’t reached a deal with Republicans to add funding to the federal program set up to help shuttered small businesses across the nation, even as the funds ran dry days ago, according to the New York Post.

Still, it seems the person in the Oval Office always seems to take the most flak for what’s going on. But according to Morgan, if Trump gets his coronavirus response “right,” he’ll win this November.

“If you don’t get it right, more Americans are going to die,” Morgan added, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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