The comments come as researchers predict a higher than expected number of coronavirus deaths this summer as more states plan to gradually reopen businesses and other gathering places. President Donald Trump has stressed in recent days the need to quickly reopen the US economy despite urgent calls from public health officials for a more cautious approach.
“And now I think we are in great danger,” Gore told Anderson Cooper of CNN and Sanjay Gupta at CNN’s global coronavirus town hall.
“I have to tell you both, I think we’re seeing the start of a botched reopening. I think the President seems to be engaging in magical thinking again. And what I mean by that is, you know, a few months ago. He once said that it would just magically disappear. It looks like he can throw the dice recklessly hoping he can get the economy right in the third quarter of this year to improve his prospects for re-election. “
The president, said Gore, “hopes he can divert the blame from the tens of thousands more Americans who doctors say will die because of it.”
A senior official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to CNN that the Trump administration will not implement the CDC’s 17-page draft recommendation for the reopening of America. And Trump himself publicly announced last week that he was unlikely to endorse guidelines recommending a return to a changed lifestyle.
“I see that the new normal is what it was three months ago. I think we want to go back to where it was, “said Trump in a meeting with representatives from the restaurant and hotel industries.
“I want to go back to where it was, this is where we are going to be,” said Trump.
Gore, who recently approved former vice president Joe Biden for president, said Thursday that to move forward, Trump must become “a guard on the tower, looking for danger and responding to it.” “