Journalist Piers Morgan is not afraid to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s plan to combat the coronavirus, even if they are friends.
Morgan opened the exchange with CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are playing politics as opposed to being true leaders during this time.
“What I’ve noticed with both Boris Johnson and with Donald Trump is an apparent inability to segue into being war leaders. They’re still playing the old games of party politics,” Morgan said.
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“What I’ve noticed with Boris Johnson and with Donald Trump is an apparent inability to segue into being war leaders. They’re still playing the old games of party politics,” journalist @piersmorgan says, adding that President Trump “is failing the American people.” pic.twitter.com/xvOt9zDcsa— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) April 19, 2020
Morgan went on to explain how he has a feeling of “mounting horror” after watching Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings.
He pointed to the significance of Trump’s position as president of the United States and said he should be calm, honest, accurate, factual, have the ability to show empathy, and act with authority
Morgan claimed Trump is failing to do these things.
“On almost every level of that, Donald Trump at the moment is failing the American people,” Morgan said.
He added, “He’s turning these briefings into self-aggrandizing, self-justifying, overly defensive, politically partisan, almost like a rally to him. Almost like what’s more important is winning the election in November. No, it’s not Donald Trump.”
Stelter referenced a column Morgan penned with the message “America doesn’t want a King Trump” and asked him if he is risking his friendship with Trump by calling him out.
Morgan said he tries to be balanced and fair but at the same time is not concerned with Trump’s reaction to his comments.
The conversation came to a close as Morgan listed the things Trump has to do moving forward.
“He has to put the country before himself. He has to put Americans before electioneering,” Morgan said. “He has to remind himself every day what can I do today to prevent more lives being killed, not how can I score more petty points.”