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Passenger From “Monster Cruise Ship” Responds to Trump

Donald Trump has been able to talk about little but the COVID-19 virus that is spreading across the country. The President is reportedly worried about how the economic impact of the virus could affect his 2020 reelection campaign.

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During a reporter scrum on Friday, Trump mentioned a “monster cruise ship,” still out at sea, with 21 infected people on board and said he might not want them in the country. On Saturday afternoon, passenger Debbie Loftus talked to MSNBC about the President’s comments.

Trump said on Friday, “I’d rather have them stay on, personally, but I fully understand if they want to take them off. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

MSNBC’s Alex Witt asked Loftus is she was being tested or coming off the ship soon. The passenger replied, “They did say that every passenger would be tested, but we don’t know when we’ll be tested, and the captain doesn’t even know if we’re going to leave the ship or where we’re going to be.”

The host then asked, “The fact that you say things are comfortable and that you wouldn’t mind staying there any longer, how did you feel about the president saying that he wants you to stay right where you are and not get off that ship at this point?”

Loftus continued, “Well, I’m on the ‘monster ship,’ and he’s welcome to come and join us and breathe the same air as we are. I don’t know, you know I’m hoping that they’ve changed their procedures from the Diamond Princess and learn from their mistakes so if we had to stay on the boat we wouldn’t be compromised.”



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