Trump pressed on why he took 'foot off the gas' on COVID response

Trump pressed on why he took 'foot off the gas' on COVID response

President Trump pushed back at an undecided voter who claimed he "took his foot off the gas" on coronavirus mitigation, and at another questioner who said he "downplayed" the severity of the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic.

Paul Tubiana, a health researcher from Bethlehem in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, said during the ABC News town hall event in Philadelphia on Tuesday that he voted for the incumbent president in 2016 and was supportive of him until he noticed a change in the White House's response a few months ago.

"I'm conservative, pro-life, and diabetic," he told Trump, adding that he has had to dodge pedestrians who refuse to wear facemasks or social distance, despite guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Trump recounted his administration's work toward producing ventilators and personal protective equipment, accusing President Obama of leaving "the cupboards bare" when he left office in 2017.

In response to the overall criticism that he is misleading the public on the severity of the virus, the president pointed to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill speaking from London rooftops amid German Nazi bombardments.

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