Donald Trump praised the bravery of frontline care workers in a typically bizarre speech in Pennsylvania.
The US president said it’s “beautiful” to see “nurses running into death just like soldiers running into bullets” in an address to a medical equipment distribution facility.
Going off script, he said:
“They are warriors aren’t they, when you see them going into those hospitals and they’re putting the stuff that you deliver, but they’re wrapping themselves, and the doors are opening, and they’re going through the doors, and they’re not even ready to go through those doors, they probably shouldn’t, but they can’t get there fast enough, and they’re running into death just like soldiers run into bullets in a true sense, I see that with the doctors and the nurses and so many of the people that go into those hospitals, it’s incredible to see, it’s a beautiful thing to see.”
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Trump says it’s ‘beautiful’ to see ‘nurses running into death just like soldiers running into bullets pic.twitter.com/vxSkdcnFKm— The Independent (@Independent) May 15, 2020
Former president Barack Obama has criticised some officials overseeing the coronavirus response, telling college graduates that the pandemic shows many “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Mr Obama spoke on Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, a two-hour livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
His remarks were surprisingly political and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts.
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” he said.
“A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Mr Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials.