Dennis Quaid Praises Trump’s Early Travel Ban, Says POTUS ‘Doing a Good Job’ Handling the Crisis
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Not many Hollywood actors support President Donald Trump, but the ones that do aren't usually afraid to support the president publicly.
That's the case with well-known actor Dennis Quaid, who praised Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic this week and said the president has been doing a good job holding the economy together.
He also revealed that as a young man, Ronald Reagan was his favorite president, saying that he voted for Reagan in 1980 during an interview with The Daily Beast to promote his new podcast “The Dennissance.”
“I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states — and all of the American people — what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over,” he said.
Later in the interview, The Daily Beast tried to claiming Trump acted to late in addressing the coronavirus, but Quaid noted the president’s travel ban to China, which was enacted in January, was met with accusations of racism.
“Trump did do the travel ban to China, and then to Europe very quickly afterward, and he was castigated by a lot of members of Congress, who were just getting out of the impeachment, that it was racist what he was doing,” the actor said. “It’s a good thing we had that travel ban at the time. You know, the world has never experienced this, and I don’t think it’s a time to be political. I think it’s just time to get behind our government and have everybody do what they can.”
Quaid also said he approves of President Trump’s daily White House briefings on the coronavirus.
“I do appreciate that Trump is giving the briefings and on television every day giving out the information, and I think they have great people handling it.”
Quaid revealed he was supposed to star in a biopic of President Reagan, but the project has been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“He was my favorite president growing up. I voted for him in 1980, and I had a roommate and when I came home and told him I voted for Reagan he said, ‘You are kicked out of the hippies,'” the actor said. “I think he was, in my mind, definitely my favorite president in my lifetime. He was on a par with FDR and Lincoln too, I think. He really transformed our country.”