Susan Collins Says Trump Should Have Been More 'Straightforward' About Pandemic
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Another day, another Never-Trump lawmaker has gone public to attack President Donald Trump.
During a debate against her Democratic Senate opponent, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said Trump should have been more “straightforward” with everyone about the dangers of coronavirus.
“I believe the president should have been straightforward with the American people. The American people can take hard facts, and he had an obligation as president to be straightforward with them and to tell all that he has known,” Collins said.
“I have said since the beginning that the president’s performance has been uneven and that he should follow the advice of his excellent medical advisers,” she added.
Collins has to thread the needle in her state given Maine is essentially evenly split between conservatives and liberals.
She has had her toe on the line more than most senators since the president was elected, but when it has been important, such as the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and voting against the impeachment of the president,Collins has been there for Trump and Republicans.
She may have to walk a tightrope for her election, as she is one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans, but it is far better to have her win than have her Democrat opponent take her place in the U.S. Senate.
The debate comes the same week that journalist Bob Woodward revealed tapes of the president expressing his concerns about the pandemic when it was still in the beginning stages.
"I wanted to, I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic," the president said to Woodward.
"It goes through the air," the president said. "That's always tougher than the touch. You don't have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flu's."
"The fact is I'm a cheerleader for this country. I love our country," he said. "I don't want people to be frightened. I don't want to create panic, as you say, and certainly, I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy."
The president took to Twitter to defend himself and his position of not causing mass panic at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!” he said.
It's a lose-lose situation for Trump.
Even when he tried to remain calm and display strong leadership earlier this year when the coronavirus hit, he is still attacked for it.