Trump Draws Praise From Critics for Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

President Donald Trump has earned praise from critics during the COVID-19 crisis, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Trump administrations response to the CCP virus has earned criticism for bungling early attempts at testing suspected patients. But his ordering the closing of the country to people from China and many of the administrations recent efforts have drawn praise, even from unexpected quarters.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

Cuomo has spoken frequently with Trump and his team and took time to praise the president and his administration twice this week during press conferences.

“I can tell you that hes fully engaged on trying to help New York. Hes being very creative and very energetic, and I thank him for his partnership,” Cuomo told reporters on Thursday.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and tours a newly opened drive through COVID-19 mobile testing center in New Rochelle, New York, on March 13, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Customers sort their shopping outside a Costco store in New York City on March 19, 2020. (Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)

Trumps actions are evidence that the president is committed to helping New Yorkers, he said on Wednesday.

“His team has been on it. I know a team when theyre on it and I know a team when theyre not on it. His team has been on it. Theyve been responsive late at night, early in the morning, and theyve thus far been doing everything that they can do,” Cuomo added.

Gavin Newsom, Californias governor and one of Trumps harshest critics, has also praised the president.

Asked about his discussion with Trump concerning the Grand Princess, a cruise ship with confirmed COVID-19 cases that was off the coast of California earlier this month, Newsom said Trump “said everything I could have hoped for.”

“And we had a very long conversation and every single thing he said, they followed through on,” Newsom added.

Newsom told reporters that he spoke with Trump on the phone on March 17 and the president was aware more swabs were needed for virus testing.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom gives an update to the states response to the coronavirus, at the Governors Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova Calif. on March 17, 2020. At right is California Health and Human Services Agency Director Dr. Mark Ghaly. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo)
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