Trump once called Covid-19 a ‘good thing’, claims ex-aide
Published: 08:30 PM, 18 September 2020 Updated: 08:32 PM, 18 September 2020
United President Donald Trump
United President Donald Trump once said Covid-19 might be a “good thing” because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people”, said a former top adviser to US vice president Mike Pence.
According to Independent, the former top adviser named Olivia Troye, who served on the White House coronavirus task force, is the latest ex-member of the Trump administration to “urge US voters to stop him winning a second term.”
In a video, Troye said working with the president was “terrifying” and claimed he was more concerned about re-election than protecting the nation from the virus.
She alleged that during a task force meeting, Donald Trump said: “Maybe this Covid thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.”
“Those disgusting people are the same people that he claims to care about. These are the people still going to his rallies today who have complete faith in who he is. The truth is he doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself,” said Olivia Troye.
Mike Pence’s homeland security adviser added, “If the president had taken this virus seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives.”
Meanwhile, when asked about her comments, Trump said he had “no idea who she is.”
“She worked for the vice president. She was on the task force as some kind of a lower-level person. I have no idea who she is,” he told reporters.