“This whole thing is killing me! … I want to do what Mexico does. They don’t do a test until you get to the emergency room and you’re vomiting, ”the tycoon was quoted as saying on August 19.
US President Donald Trump, enraged by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on his electoral chances, even said that he wanted to “do the same as Mexico, ” and not apply tests “until people are in emergencies,” he reveals today in the American newspaper The New York Times.
In an article titled “Covid, Covid, Covid: In Trump’s Final Chapter, Failure to Live Up, ” the Times notes that on August 19, during a meeting with top advisers, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Trump was out of his mind.
“They are killing me! This whole thing is killing me! … I want to do what Mexico does. They don’t do a test until you get to the emergency room and you’re vomiting, ”he was quoted as saying, according to officials and former officials of the outgoing administration, quoted by the newspaper.
These sources told the Times that Trump was only concerned about one thing: losing the election, and the impact the coronavirus pandemic could have on him. He also worried that it was Joe Biden, his rival in the elections, who would reap the success of the arrival of a vaccine.
He even accused the doctors of being on the side of his opponents. “They are Democrats! They’re against me! ”He yelled, according to the Times.
Despite being the country most affected by the pandemic, with almost 20 million cases and more than 345 thousand deaths from coronavirus, Trump refused to issue an order for the mandatory use of face masks. It has also been against the confinement measures, which is why state governments have been in charge of responding, in their own understanding, to the health crisis.
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has also refused to order mandatory use of face masks, or confinement, saying he trusts that the people are responsible.
However, the director-general of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) himself, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently called, without mentioning names, to the Mexican authorities to “take seriously” the pandemic, and insisted on the importance of respecting the use of face masks and maintain hygiene and social distancing.