In a Wednesday interview on CNN, Vice President Mike Pence was forced to defend Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a spar with Wolf Blitzer, Raw Story reported. At one point, Blitzer noted Trump's previous suggestion that the virus was "under control" and would "disappear."
"What happened?" Blitzer asked. "Why was the U.S. so late in understanding the enormity of this coronavirus?"
Pence appeared to push the blame onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noting that in January, the agency was still in the process of "assessing the risk" of COVID-19 and allegedly said the risk was "low," CNN reported. Afterward, Blitzer accused Trump of "belittling the enormity" of the pandemic and suggested his response was unhelpful.
"Well, Wolf, respectfully, I'd take issue with two things that you just said," Pence responded.
"I don't believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus."
"Well, the president is an optimistic person," Pence responded.