Vice President Mike Pence accused CNN of getting “a lot” wrong in the early stages of the coronavirus in a grueling interview on Friday morning.
Pence joined CNN’s “New Day” to speak with co-host John Berman, who asked for a projection on the total number of Americans who will die from the coronavirus. The vice president said his task force “continues to work every day to save lives” and is focused on reducing the number of instances where the CNN host has cut it off.
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“Sir. Vice President… around 1,000 people, deaths recently reported yesterday, ”Berman said, speaking over Pence.
After some crosstalk, Pence was allowed to make his point until the next time Berman cut him off.
“Well let me be very clear, John, if you will allow me … we cry with those who cry, we have never been a day past we have not thought of the families who have lost sentient beings. dear in the midst of this pandemic, but I have to tell you that I really believe that when President Trump suspended all travel from China before the end of January and set up the Coronavirus Task Force of the White House, and an action Joe Biden criticized as xenophobic, he actually said it was racist to suspend travel. from China, the reality is that it gave us invaluable time to start working on a vaccine, ”Pence said.
“Okay, Mr. Vice President,” Berman said, trying to interfere, but Pence continued to speak.
“I had a news flash for Joe Biden, John, is that we think there’s a miracle around the corner because the president called the drug companies, we think he’s very likely we’ll have one or more coronavirus vaccines before the end of this year, ”Pence said.
“This is a tribute to President Trump’s leadership.”
Berman then interrupted him, speaking several times above the vice president in the process and saying, “My question, just so people know, was, ‘How many more Americans will lose their lives. here the end of the year? ”
The CNN host then took issue with several talking points from Pence and returned to his original investigation.
“My question to you, again, on where we are and where we will be, follows from this. On June 16 you wrote that we are winning the fight against the invisible enemy… and the panic is exaggerated, you said it on June 16, ”Berman said. “Since then, 53,000 more Americans have died … so how has this worry been exaggerated?”
Pence noted that at the time cases were on the decline and some believed the coronavirus would be seasonal.
“At some point things changed for Memorial Day,” Pence said as Berman cut him off.
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“So were you wrong?” Did you make a mistake on June 16? Were you wrong on June 16? Berman said.
Pence retorted, “CNN was also wrong at the start of the year, John. We have all learned about this coronavirus along the way.
Pence went on to praise Trump’s leadership throughout the pandemic and the action taken by the task force to help find a vaccine.