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Al Gore rips Trump's Covid-19 response: 'He's trying to gaslight the virus'

September 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is "trying to gaslight" the coronavirus, in a scathing assessment of the administration's response to the pandemic.

(CNN)Former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is "trying to gaslight" the coronavirus, in a scathing assessment of the administration's response to the pandemic.

Really, our only hope is to get the best information available, and act to protect ourselves and our civilization in response," the Democrat told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time. "

After Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Committee that a vaccine likely won't be available to the general American public until the second or third quarter of 2021, Trump said at a White House news conference that Redfield was "confused. "

"I think he made a mistake when he said that," the President said.

And on Monday, Trump baselessly asserted that climate change is not playing a role in the catastrophic wildfires overtaking forests across the West, rebutting an official briefing him who pleaded for the President listen to the science.

Gore, who has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president, assessed Wednesday night that new leadership is necessary for the US to emerge from the pandemic.

"We are seeing the President in his approach both to the climate crisis and the pandemic not only not helping to deal with them -- he's making both of them worse. "

Gore's comments echoed his criticism earlier in the pandemic of the Trump administration's push to reopen the country.

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