A Hollywood star, who is known for his comedy and dramatic performances, applauded the head of U.S. government for effectively responding to the deadly Asian disease.
Dennis Quaid commended President Donald Trump for implementing nationwide measures to help contain the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
The actor, who played Reverend Shaw Moore in the 2011 remake of “Footloose,” recognized the Trump administration’s social-distancing measures that include keeping a 6-foot distance from others and staying at home unless it was absolutely necessary to travel for work, shopping for household items, attending medical appointments, or performing outdoor exercise.
“To tell you the truth, I think the president is handling it in a good way,” he said according to the Daily Beast. “We see him on television every day, he is involved, and the travel ban early on was a great idea—which he did in spite of protest about that.”
Quaid questioned New York’s delayed response to the CCP Virus and earlier advice from the Democrats to “go about your lives, continue living as you have” despite the looming threat.
“New York had a chance to buy thousands of ventilators at a very good price like two years ago,” he said. “The states are also responsible for having stockpiles of their own, according to their own needs. You know, New York, I really feel for those people and I think they are doing their best to get them everything they need.”
He believes the Empire State’s inaction shows how important the president’s decisive action was to prevent more people from being infected and another death statistic even if it drew criticism from Democrats.
“I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states—and all of the American people—what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over,” he said according to Fox News. “Trump did do the travel ban to China, and then to Europe very quickly afterward, and he was castigated by a lot of members of Congress, who were just getting out of the impeachment that it was racist what he was doing. It is a good thing we had that travel ban at the time.”
He also believes the CCP should answer for covering up the disease, which resulted in more than 434,900 becoming infected and 14,700 dying across the United States according to the Worldometer website.
“As soon as we found out what the threat was … China was not really revealing to the rest of the world what was going on,” he said according to the Daily Beast. “Five million people I heard had fled the Wuhan Province before they had quarantined it, and were all over the world and allowed to come to this country. There was no warning whatsoever. The virus probably started back in November, and we did not learn about it until January.”
The actor, who prefers to stay neutral about the different political parties, believes the current pandemic crisis represents an opportunity for the United States to cast aside differences.
“The world has never experienced this, and I do not think it is a time to be political, I think it is just time to get behind our government and have everybody do what they can,” he said. “If you want to point blame after that is another story but, right now, I think we all just really need to come together on this … [as] this might be our defining moment of a generation. It is going to be a different world, for sure, when all this is over, and hopefully we can all be a bit more unified.”