Trump committed second-degree murder with handling of coronavirus — MSNBC analyst

  • Trump committed second-degree murder with handling of coronavirus — MSNBC analyst

Trump committed second-degree murder with handling of coronavirus — MSNBC analyst

The US death toll now exceeds 196 000, with more than 6,5 million confirmed cases.

In addition to Woodward's interview bombshells, Trump has continued to recklessly reject COVID-19's severity and experts' safety guidelines.

For example, on January 28, national security adviser Robert C. O'Brien told Trump "this will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency..." You don't have to touch things.

All of this is contained in Woodward's book, Rage, and can not be disputed by Trump and his cronies because Woodward recorded the conversations.

MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner says President Trump committed second-degree murder with his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad, then he should have immediately, right after I said it, gone out to the authorities so they can prepare and let them know", Trump said during a press conference on Thursday.

Woodward himself has also come under fire, with critics saying that he should have made the recordings public sooner, to prevent American lives being lost. And the way a leader reacts is you tell them the truth. Woodward said in an interview with The Washington Post that he didn't have an agreement to withhold Trump's comments until the publication of his book.

[He] said he needed to provide more complete context than he would a news story.

However, the President still admitted that Woodward "is somebody that I respect".

"My job is to understand it, and to hold him accountable, and to hold myself accountable", said Woodward, on the delay in revealing the remarks. "I did the best I could".

Trump's insistence in March that he wanted to "play down" the coronavirus threat despite knowing its deadliness "upped his own criminal ante to second-degree murder", Kirschner said, breaking down the pieces of the alleged charge step by step.

"I didn't lie, what I said was we had to be calm, we can't be panicked", Trump responded. "I think when history looks back on this, the lack of situational awareness at that time is going to be remembered as the great failing, because we had to assume that it was spreading far more widely in the United States at that point in time than it was". "It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus".

Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, spoke Friday with CNBC and was asked to comment on those who feel that lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 were "too stringent".