Dennis Quaid is sharing his positive opinion on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.
During an interview with The Daily Beast, the actor, 66, stood up for the president, despite backlash he’s received over the pandemic.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll from earlier this month showed voters may be becoming frustrated with the White House’s handling of the crisis. Overall, 61% of registered voters in that poll said Trump was not prepared to handle the outbreak.
“I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states – and all of the American people – what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over,” Quaid told the outlet. “I do appreciate that Trump is giving the briefings and on television every day giving out the information, and I think they have great people handling it.”
He continued, “I don’t want to get into petty arguments about it. There’s a lot of talk about how South Korea handled the crisis, and the thing about South Korea is they’re still in a state of war with North Korea and are always on the alert for all kinds of threats – nuclear threats, biological threats – so I would imagine that had something to do with how quickly they were able to respond to it.”
When the interviewer said South Korea’s government took more swift actions in response to the virus than the United States, Quaid didn’t back down.
“Oh, I think that we did too though. As soon as we found out what the threat was… China wasn’t really revealing to the rest of the world what was going on,” he said. “Five million people I heard had fled the Wuhan province before they had quarantined it, and were all over the world and allowed to come to this country. There was no warning whatsoever. The virus probably started back in November, and we didn’t learn about it until January.”
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When pressed again, Quaid still came to Trump’s defense, noting the positives of his travel ban to China and Europe.
“He was castigated by a lot of members of Congress, who were just getting out of the impeachment, that it was racist what he was doing,” he said. “It’s a good thing we had that travel ban at the time.”
He added that he doesn’t think now is the “time to be political.”
“I think it’s just time to get behind our government and have everybody do what they can. If you want to point blame after, that’s another story, but right now I think we all just really need to come together on this,” he said. “This is the United States of America, and we’re a very adaptable people in situations like this, and I think we’re all going to get through it. My heart goes out to everyone.”
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Quaid isn’t the first celebrity to come to the president’s defense amid the pandemic.
During an interview on Today Tuesday, Tracy Morgan said to think before criticizing Trump.
“Imagine being a president of a country and have your country get sick,” he said. “It’s difficult for him. We’ve all got to pull together as people, now.”
Contributing: William Cummings, USA TODAY
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