President Donald Trump made "four really important decisions" to save American lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and the efforts by The New York Times to discredit him and question his actions are "getting a bit old," Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.
"He shut down travel to China and Europe in a way to keep hundreds of thousands of people being infected," the South Carolina Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "He declared a national emergency to give the country the tools to fight back, and that was a major decision, and he rejected the mentality of letting it run rampant through the country and people build up immunity. A couple million people would have died if that had been the case."
But the "most important" thing Trump did was to unleash the public sector in for testing and trying to develop drugs by giving FDA waivers for therapies and vaccines to speed up the process, said Graham.
"I think the president has made really hard calls well and we're going to be well below the 100,000 minimum expected," said Graham. "It's due to his leadership and the American people working together."
He further pointed out that Trump's impeachment proceedings ended on Feb. 6, but Democrats still wanted to extend the trial for weeks, and presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden slammed Trump for the Chinese travel ban.
"I do believe that the president's biggest decision was stopping travel from China and Europe, declaring a national emergency so we could take the full resources of the federal government and put them into play here...you've got to remember the democratic party on Feb. 6 was asking the Senate to stay in session to get more witnesses. These are the people who are criticizing him."
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