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Schumer Calls Trump an 'Ostrich' in How He's Handled Virus

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2020 12:34 PM

President Donald Trump has been like an "ostrich" over the coronavirus pandemic, including with his insistence that anyone who wants to get a test can get one, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.

"He thinks by saying something, it becomes true because he wants it to happen, not that it will happen," the New York Democrat said on CNN's "New Day." "He said it was a hoax. He said it will go away soon. He said warm weather. Two months ago, he said everyone who wants a test can get a test. That clearly wasn't true."

Schumer made the comments while being asked to compare Trump's response to that of Dr. Anthony Fauci, before the noted immunologist and coronavirus task force member was to testify Tuesday before a Senate committee. Schumer also said that he had high expectations for Fauci's testimony without Trump being present.

"Dr. Fauci is a truth-teller," said Schumer. "That's his reputation. It seems he has sort of muted the truth some in the presence of the president to maybe admonitions privately from the president, he has to tell the whole truth here. The president does not like the truth. He likes a story that helps his own ego on the day he tells it, and that had severe consequences for this country.

Meanwhile, the South Koreans have tested almost anyone who needs a test, said Schumer, and Canada has more tests per capita than the United States.

"There have to be many, many more tests available so that people feel safe," said Schumer. "We can open our small businesses, but if people don't feel safe, they're not going there ... we need much more testing to give people the confidence that they can go out, go back to their normal lives ... and that means not 300,000 tests a day, but it means millions."

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President Donald Trump has been like an "ostrich" over the coronavirus pandemic, including with his insistence that anyone who wants to get a test can get one, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.
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