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Seth Meyers is still broadcasting from his attic, of course, but his producers have restored a more professional look to segments of "A Closer Look." The latest examines Trump's failure to heed repeated warnings about the looming pandemic from US intelligence officials, who tried to tell the president to do something besides play golf, watch Fox News, and post insulting tweets.
If that doesn't seem too funny, Meyers nevertheless finds a special Trumpian whiff of idiocy in the tragedy – as when the president obsessed over the mythical "war on Thanksgiving" last fall, with coronavirus on the horizon. He thinks that "novel coronavirus" was an unhelpful name, since Trump never reads a book. Maybe "Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue coronavirus" would have snapped him to attention. Or have the briefings delivered by beauty pageant contestants.
Click and chuckle.
Donald Trump once again refused to take responsibility for his own actions, saying at a news conference on Monday that if someone died from using disinfectant it would not be his fault.
"Maryland and other states, Gov. Larry Hogan specifically said, they've seen a spike in people using disinfectant after your comments last week. I know you said they were sarcastic, but do you take any responsibility if someone were to die?" a reporter asked Trump.
This is not the first time Trump has refused to take responsibility for something.
In early March, when the virus was taking hold in the United States, Trump said it was not his fault that there was a lack of testing to identify and isolate people who had the virus, which experts said could have slowed the spread.
"No, I don't take responsibility at all because we were given a set of circumstances, and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time," Trump said on March 13 about the testing shortage, appearing to try to lay blame on past administrations.
However, COVID-19 is a disease caused by a novel coronavirus — meaning the virus is new and has never been seen before. Past administrations did not make tests for this virus because it hadn't existed yet.Trump responded emphatically that it is not his fault.
"No, I don't. No, I can't imagine — I can't imagine that," Trump said, before moving on to the next question.
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