Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair questions Trump’s leadership in fighting the ‘terrifying’ coronavirus pandemic, saying ‘lack of global coordination’ worries him
- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who served from 1997 to 2007, questioned the leadership of President Donald Trump during the pandemic in an interview on Friday
- He pointed out that there is a lack of global coordination in addressing the crisis
- He thought about working with Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama and how they prioritized working with world leaders
- “It’s that global coordination that makes the absence of each individual country less effective in dealing with the disease … That worries me,” he said.
- There are more than 5.3 million COVID-19 infections worldwide
- Trump has isolated the US from several international alliances and threatened to stop giving the World Health Organization money to treat viruses
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair questions President Donald Trump’s leadership in the coronavirus pandemic and bases his refusal to coordinate with other world leaders.
When asked about his opinion of how Trump led the nation, Blair said he was concerned about the lack of global coordination in addressing the crisis.
“The concern I have about the lack of global coordination and global leadership needed to do this is a huge problem,” he said in an interview with NBC News on Friday.
“When I think back to the time when I was dealing with US presidents, whether it’s Bill Clinton or George Bush, and Barack Obama too, the most important thing in a time like this is saying,” How do you bring the world together ? ”
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair questions President Donald Trump’s leadership in the coronavirus pandemic and bases his refusal to coordinate with other world leaders
With global coordination, he said leaders can find a vaccine together, accelerate the development of therapeutic and testing capabilities, and organize economic measures to keep the international economy running.
“It is that global coordination that makes the absence of each individual country less effective in dealing with the disease. That worries me, “he said.
Blair, who served from 1997 to 2007 and was an important ally of President George W. Bush in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, called the pandemic “terrifying.”
When asked his opinion about Trump’s suggestion that people could beat the virus by injecting disinfectant into their system, he said, ‘I think most people will understand what I would think, but it’s probably better to sometimes not to say. ”
When asked his opinion about Trump’s suggestion that people could defeat the virus by injecting disinfectant into their system, he said, ‘I think most people will understand what I would think, but it’s probably better to sometimes not to say ‘
He said that people in Western countries are well informed about the disease, but not sufficiently informed about the economic collapse it could cause.
“The safest thing for any political leader to do is just keep the lockdown, because the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be minimal, but then again if you look responsibly at how to get through it in the medium term without it economic wreck was absolutely destroyed, “he said.
“Political leaders around the world need to think about how to get the economy moving again,” he added.
Across the world, COVID-19 has infected more than 5.3 million, leading in the US with the highest number of infections. Economies around the world were closed during the crisis.
In the US, the first quarter of 2020 experienced the sharpest decline since the Great Recession as unemployment rose to over 40 million.
In the U.S., states have begun phased reopenings, while President Donald Trump continues his rallying cry to open up the entire country and restart the economy.
In Trump’s tenure, he pressured international alliances and withdrew from agreements including the nuclear deal with Iran, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement.
After the coronavirus outbreak, he threatened to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, accusing the agency of being too closely associated with China and for the treatment of the virus.