WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump warned Monday that the “political climate” is dangerous for Americans and warned that he’s “going to fight” to keep Americans safe.
Trump spoke at a meeting of the White House Commission on Presidential Debates about the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 8,300 people.
Trump, who has faced criticism from Republicans over the coronas and the potential threat of a terrorist attack, said that “political issues” like the coronax and the threat of Ebola are more dangerous than “political matters.”
Trump’s comments come as the Trump administration is working to develop a plan to fight the virus, with Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump transition team making public their efforts.
Pence and his aides have said they want to have coronaviruses eliminated through the use of a vaccine by the middle of 2018.
Trump and Pence are meeting with top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as CDC Director Tom Frieden, to discuss a plan.
The White House commission was formed in June to help Trump and congressional Republicans figure out how to stop the spread of the virus.
Trump has made combating the virus a top priority, but the White Senate, which he controls, has resisted some of his requests for more resources.