US President Donald Trump has criticized several European countries for announcing fresh nationwide lockdowns, describing the measures as “draconian.”
Speaking at a campaign rally in Michigan, he warned voters that his Democratic rival Joe Biden would mimic those tough measures.
“What the hell are they doing? I think I’ll go over and explain it to them,” Trump said, pledging to never shut down parts of the US again.
On Saturday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict new lockdown would take effect across England from Thursday until early December.
The country follows Germany, Austria and France who announced new curbs on movement this week amid a huge surge in coronavirus infections.
The US government’s top infectious diseases expert says the country should prepare for “a whole lot of hurt” in the weeks ahead due to surging coronavirus cases.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Washington Post that the US “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” to stem rising cases as more people gather indoors during the colder fall and winter months.
Fauci, who is on the White House coronavirus task force, added that he believes Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “is taking it seriously from a public health perspective,” while Trump is “looking at it from a different perspective.”
In response, White House spokesman Judd Deere said Fauci had decided “to play politics” right before Tuesday’s presidential election.