Covid-19

Trump Says He Deserves ‘Perfect Score’ For Coronavirus Response, Health Experts Say NO

President Donald Trump believes that he could get a perfect score for his decisions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, health experts said he should stop talking since his response to the issue has been problematic in the U.S. 

Trump told the media at a recent White House press conference that he would give himself a 10 for handling the pandemic as “we've done a great job.” Health experts agreed that the administration made the right decision to form a task force of leading medical experts in the U.S. but Trump made more bad decisions. 

Trump was a "bad role model" for delivering statements that contradicted federal officials and for failing to follow their recommended precautions. Public health experts and a presidential historian said the president should get a very low score for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The Trump administration's response has been abysmal,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told Business Insider. “It's hard to imagine how they could've done it worse.”

Asked to grade the Trump administration's response to the spread of novel coronavirus from A to F, Jha gave the president and his team should not get anything above a D. He explained that with thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., it remains as the only major country “that cannot do widespread testing.”

However, the president said at a previous meeting that he is not responsible for the delay in coronavirus testing across the U.S. Prior to declaring a national emergency in the past week, Trump promised that "anybody that needs a test gets a test."

Another problem within the administration is how it provided information to the public. Jha said Trump previously repeatedly said that everything was "under control" and that cases would be "close to zero" despite health experts calling on the government to address the growing number of infections and deaths. 

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law School, said the Trump administration deserves a B-minus for its response to COVID-19 cases. He also described the president as a "passive bystander instead of a leader." 

"The rollout of testing was badly flawed," Gostin told Business Insider. "The health messaging has been confusing and inconsistent."

Jeffrey Engel, a presidential historian and director of Southern Methodist University's Center for Presidential History, gave Trump a D-minus. He said the president still makes misstatements and fabrications that go against his officials. 

Engel explained that the COVID-19 pandemic shows Americans the erosion of U.S. global leadership during the Trump era. Latest data from the CDC shows 7,038 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 97 deaths.

Donald Trump President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Gage Skidmore/flickr

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