Former Chief of Staff Mulvaney Thinks US Overreacted to COVID-19

Mick Mulvaney didn’t last long as Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, only serving for about 14 months. He did steer the President through two major situations in his impeachment trial as well as the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was replaced by Mark Meadows in April of this year.

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The former South Carolina lawmaker does not agree with those who feel that the US didn’t do enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In fact, according to Mulvaney, the country overreacted to the devastating virus that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans.

The former Chief of Staff made the comments during an interview with CNBC. “The fact that it’s difficult to get this disease from touching stuff… should sort of reset how we look at this,” he said. “What it means is that if we are carful about social distancing and putting on masks and so forth, we should be able to go back to work sooner rather than later.”

Mulvaney then attempted to compare COVID-19 to the flu. He told host Joe Kernan, “I think we’ve sort of lost perspective on this a little bit, Joe, and we’ve overreacted a little bit.”

The former congressman continued, “Not to say that COVID is the ordinary flu, that’s not my point. But my point is that almost 100,000 people died two years ago from flu and the country didn’t shut down. It’s time to sort of deal with this in the proper perspective, and that’s to allow us to get back to work safely.”

In February, Mulvaney told Conservatives attending the CPAC conference that the media over-covered the disease to bring down Trump.

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