Fox News host Jesse Watters targeted China in his criticism of coronavirus and demanded the president and its people apologize for the deadly outbreak.
Watters addressed the latest developments in the COVID-19 disease which has claimed the lives of six people in Washington state, half joking with his co-hosts on “The Five” that the Chinese government should apologize as the virus was first identified in Wuhan City.
(Source: Fox News)
“I’d like to just ask the Chinese for a formal apology,” Watters said Monday. “This coronavirus originated in China, and I have not heard one word from the Chinese. A simple ‘I’m sorry’ would do, it would go a long way.”
“I expect a formal apology tomorrow. Doesn’t matter if it comes from [President Jinping] Xi or the embassy,” he added.
“And I think all of my colleagues around this table will join arm-in-arm with me also demanding a formal apology from the Chinese people,” he said as his colleagues began to laugh.
“What if the outbreak had started here?” co-host Dana Perino asked.
“It didn’t start here, Dana, and I’ll tell you why it started in China,” Watters replied.
“Because they have these markets where they are eating raw bats and snakes,” he suggested, as Perino shot down his theory.
“They are a very hungry people. The Chinese communist government cannot feed the people, and they are desperate. This food is uncooked, it is unsafe, and that is why scientists believe that’s where it originated from,” Watters explained.
“And according to the New York Times, Dana, the Chinese government has been very deceitful and deceptive in the communicating the extent of the infections to the world,” he concluded. “So, as I said, tomorrow I will expect an apology.”
“I love Jesse’s asking China for an apology,” co-host Greg Gutfeld laughed.
He continued with remarks about the “relentlessness” of the repetition on the virus outbreak which created widespread panic that President Trump and his administration have been working to quell.
“When little is known, it does not mean that the news closes. It’s like the less we know, the more we repeat ourselves, we say the same thing over and over again,” Gutfeld said.
“It is important to say don’t panic and it is important to say be aware of what is going on, but the relentlessness of the repetition isn’t healthy,” he added. “And I think it’s important for people to get away from the news… and to stop having this stuff hit you in the face all the time, because the effects of repetition are unhealthy for them, for the human mind.”
He also touted the future of technology that makes virtual medical care a possibility, contending that if people are “able to stay home and consult a doctor using virtual urgent care, that will prevent a lot of spreading diseases.”
As of Tuesday morning, there have been over 100 cases of coronavirus confirmed in 15 states, according to CBS News which reported that there have now been more than 90,000 people infected and 3,100 killed by COVID-19.
The president met Monday with pharmaceutical companies that are working on a vaccine which could take many months to develop.
President @realDonaldTrump met with pharmaceutical companies that are actively working to develop the COVID-19 vaccine, discussing how the federal government can help accelerate their vaccine development. pic.twitter.com/JX3v4GyE3N
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 2, 2020
Democrats and critics of the president continue to politicize the health emergency by attacking Trump and his administration for its response, which has been praised by many in the medical field.
Coronavirus should not be a partisan political issue. It is time for the Dems to support the decisive actions taken by President @realDonaldTrump to ensure the risk to Americans remains low. pic.twitter.com/wn8Z5ZJ030
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 2, 2020
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham slammed the critics and took aim at the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
“He called for a public health emergency on January 31st. We started having task force meetings weeks and weeks ago,” Grisham told “America’s Newsroom.”
“This is not the time for media outlets to be using this for clicks and for headlines,” she admonished. “For The New York Times to call this the ‘Trump Virus’ or for Schumer or Warren to falsely claim that there was no plan at all when the [Centers for Disease Control] actually had a 52-page plan in place.”
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