Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic while saying she has no idea what he was talking about on Monday when he made an assertion about the Obama administration and testing.
She also told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Trump's criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci is "dangerous."
"It's completely pathetic," Rice said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The reality is that on Donald Trump's watch, over 135,000 Americans are dead. Our inflation rates are skyrocketing, surging past any other country in the world, and this is largely due to Donald Trump's own indifference."
Trump Monday, while speaking with reporters about the rapidly rising coronavirus numbers, commented that "Biden and Obama stopped their testing. They just stopped it. I'm sure you know that. You don't want to report it. But they stopped testing. Right in the middle they just went, no more testing, and on a much lesser problem than the problem we have."
Rice said she thinks his comments were his way to "confuse people" who "may have forgotten" that the coronavirus started in the last six months.
Meanwhile, it's "so irresponsible and offensive," for Trump to slam Fauci, said Rice.
"We worked together on the Ebola outbreak, we worked together on the Zika outbreak," she said. "He is one of the most decent, committed public servants I have ever known. He brings enormous integrity to everything he does ... the one person in this administration who I know I can trust to give us the facts as best we know them is Tony Fauci. For Donald Trump to try to discredit him, disgrace him is not only offensive, it's dangerous."
Rice has been mentioned as a top contender to become Biden's running mate, but she said Tuesday that's not her goal. What she's interested in is seeing him be elected president and the Democrats having control of Congress.
"If that's as his running mate, I'd be honored to be considered for that. If that's some other capacity and simply doing the day-to-day work of trying to get out the vote, I'll do whatever it takes," she said.
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