Former CIA Director John Brennan joined MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday with his perspective on the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak. He wondered whether President Trump was "psychologically capable" of putting "the country’s well-being first."
During the Ebola outbreak, President Obama "created then a pandemic office in the White House that has been taken down by the Trump administration," he said. "So, one of the things I think we see the difference here is that Donald Trump, who throughout his entire life, he’s looked through the world through a prism of how things affect his financial and political fortunes. I wonder if he’s psychologically capable to put the country’s well-being first and to subordinate his own interests in trying to spin things in a manner that won’t reflect badly on him."
"Politics need to be damned at this point. The health and safety of the American public is most important. Now, obviously, we want to make sure that our economy is going to be able to width stand the traumatic hit it seems to be taking right now, but we want to make sure there is truth and honesty coming out from our public officials. Certainly from the White House and from someone who purports to be president of the United States."