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Chomsky slams ‘megalomaniac’ Trump over ‘chaotic’ coronavirus response

Press Tv – Activist scholar Noam Chomsky attacks the administration of US President Donald Trump over its “chaotic” response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the government is unable to stem the virus outbreak. Speaking in an interview with AFP, the 91-year-old intellectual called Trump “a sociopathic megalomaniac” who thinks about nothing but himself and his power.

“The president himself has said that it’s none of his business. He’s said that the federal government can’t do anything,” he added. The US is currently the worst-hit country with more than 1,686,400 recorded cases of infection and 99,300 deaths. Chomsky predicted that “there will a lot more” deaths in the United States as “there’s no coordinated plan.” He also criticized the Republican president for “defunding the Center for Disease Control” and “canceling programs that were working with Chinese scientists to identify potential viruses.”

The US has repeatedly blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic, with Trump recently lashing out on Twitter, claiming that the “incompetence of China” led to “mass Worldwide killing.” Trump also proclaimed that a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first outbreak was reported, had accidentally unleashed the virus.

The US president, nonetheless, had praised China’s coronavirus response more than 30 times between January and March as the virus started to spread around the globe, according to a CNN tally. Chomsky also criticized the US government for lacking “a universal health care system,” describing the current one as “ultimate neoliberal.”

Drawing a comparison between the US and the Europe, the American professor did say that there were problems in Europe, but added it still enjoys a social democratic structure that can provide the kind of support the US cannot.

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