Pence defends Trump, allies who accuse Democrats of politicizing coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended comments by President Trump and allies accusing Democrats of politicizing the coronavirus outbreak.

Donald Trump Jr. even said his father’s rivals hope the flu-like virus “kills millions.” “When you see voices on our side pushing back on outrageous and irresponsible rhetoric on the other side, I think that’s important, and I think it’s justified,” Pence said on NBC News’ Meet the Press. Critics accused Trump of downplaying the virus last week by saying things like the outbreak was “very well under control in our country.”

Trump asked Congress for $2.5 billion in emergency funding to fight the virus, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded with a proposal to spend $8.5 billion.

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