Trump: I Wouldn’t Have Handled Coronavirus Any Better Even Without Impeachment

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
President Donald Trump shrugs while delivering remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum on March 20, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
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April 1, 2020 8:16 a.m.
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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t have acted more swiftly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic even if he hadn’t been impeached, blowing up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) defense of him.

“Did it divert my attention? I think I’m getting A pluses for the way I handled myself during a phony impeachment,” Trump said during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus.

He told reporters that even though he “certainly devoted a little time thinking about it,” House Democrats’ impeachment of him in December did not affect how he dealt with the outbreak.

“I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached, okay?” Trump said. “And I think that’s a great tribute to something, maybe it’s a tribute to me, but I don’t think I would have acted any differently, or I don’t think I would have acted any faster.”

Earlier that day, McConnell had defended the Trump administration’s delayed response to the virus by putting the blame on the Senate impeachment trial.

“I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything every day was all about impeachment,” the GOP leader said.

Watch Trump below:

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