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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended President Trump on Thursday as “The View” co-host Joy Behar challenged him to name three things the president “did right” during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The first thing he did,” Graham said, “was — [on], I think January 31st — stop travel from China. The Chinese are the bad guy here if you’re looking for a bad guy.”
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Graham added that the China travel restriction “probably saved us a lot of heartache,” saying that move, along with subsequent restrictions on European travel and declaring a national emergency, “flattened the curve.”
Graham admitted that the U.S. was “struggling” with testing, but said that he “can’t really blame the president” for that.
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Behar also asked Graham about Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to see a change in leadership as he had lost confidence in the global health agency.
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“I think they conspired with China to downplay the nature of the virus, that they reported all through January there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he said. “… The money that’s being suspended will go to other people throughout the world to deal with health issues.”