ark Meadows said Sunday that the White House is no longer focusing on stopping the spread of coronavirus
, and instead is putting its efforts into developing a vaccine and other therapeutics to combat the pandemic.
The White House chief of staff got into a terse back-and-forth with CNN‘s Jake Tapper Sunday morning over President Donald Trump‘s strategy to not try to ‘control’ the virus because it cannot be controlled.
‘Here’s what we have to do. We’re not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations,’ Meadows said in his interview on ‘State of the Union.’
‘Why aren’t we going to get control of the pandemic?’ Tapper asked.
‘Because it is a contagious virus, just like the flu,’ Meadows reasoned.
‘Yeah, but why not make efforts to contain it?’ the CNN host pushed.
Meadows assured, ‘Well we are making efforts to contain it.’
‘By running all over the country not wearing a mask? That’s what the vice president’s doing,’ Tapper said, referencing Vice President Mike Pence continuing to travel for the reelection campaign after five of his staffers, including his chief of staff, tested positive for coronavirus.
‘Jake, we can get into the back and forth. Let me just say this – is what we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don’t die from this,’ Meadows said. ‘But to suggest that we’re going to actually quarantine all of America, lock down our economy –’
‘Nobody’s saying that,’ Tapper cut in.
‘Well they are, Joe Biden’s saying that. He says, lock everybody down, we’re going to have a dark winter,’ Meadows said, taking a jab at the Democratic nominee’s comments from the debate in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.
When asked to react to Biden’s comments, Trump said, ‘I don’t think we’re going to have a dark winter at all.’
‘We are opening up our country,’ Trump said. ‘We have learned and studied and understand the disease, which we didn’t at the beginning,’ he continued. ‘When I closed and banned China from coming in – heavily infected – and ultimately Europe, but China was in January, months later, [Biden] was saying I was xenophobic. Now he says, ‘Oh I should have moved quicker.”