COMEDIAN Tracy Morgan defended Donald Trump's response amid the coronavirus pandemic, as he said people need to "pull together."
The Saturday Night Live veteran called for unity during an interview with Today's Hoda Kotb, as U.S. coronavirus cases climbed past 400,000 on Wednesday.
"The struggle is real. Right now we're struggling," Morgan told Good Morning America.
"People want to criticize the president, but imagine being a president of a country and half your country got sick.
"So it's difficult for him," Morgan added.
He then encouraged people to "pull together" as he said the collective goal is simply to keep people "safe."
"We've all got to pull together as people now. Now is not the time to blame and all these other things and anger," Morgan said.
"It's here now," he said of the virus, adding: "We just gotta be together. We've gotta all stay safe."
"Nobody wants to transmit it. Nobody wants to attract it. Nobody wants to get it. So let's just stay safe and do the protocol that we have to do," he added.
"Protect our kids and our pets."
He also commended doctors and nurses for their work, and he said they are "heroes."
President Trump's response has been criticized since the first coronavirus cases began popping up around the U.S. in late January.
Trump in early months of the outbreak said the virus would "disappear."
In the weeks as the virus has spread across the nation, Trump has been slammed by WHO officials and Democrats for his response.
Dr Ezekiel Emanuel – a key figure involved in the creation of the ObamaCare program – told MSNBC Trump's "ignorant" and "incoherent" remarks on the virus during a news briefing showed he did not know much about public health.
“[Trump’s] a guy that admitted that he’s surprised that 25,000 to 69,000 people each year die of the flu," Emanuel said.
“That just tells you how little he actually knows about public health and about the health of the American public."
Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – who just today announced he is suspending his campaign – have also slammed the president's response.
Sanders dubbed Trump the "most dangerous President" due to his coronavirus response.
"We have a president who should have listened to what the scientists were telling us – that there was a pandemic coming," the Vermont senator told MSNBC.
"I think it is clear, he was on television a million times saying don't worry about it."
A CIA report published in late March claimed that Trump was warned by the government agency of the threat from coronavirus – but that he did not take fears seriously.
"The system was blinking red," the investigative report from The Washington Post said.
Trump "and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed down the spread of the pathogen, according to US officials familiar with spy agency reporting", The Washington Post explained.
Before he defended Trump, Morgan told Kotb how he and his wife are handling quarantine – joking that two have been "role-playing a lot now."
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