Clinton says coronavirus ‘sums up Trump’s failures’ – as she tells him to ‘just go away’

Hillary Clinton has said the coronavirus pandemic “really sums up the deep failures” of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Speaking to Sky News presenter Kay Burley, the former Democratic presidential candidate said she believes Mr Trump has become “bored” with the COVID-19 crisis as he knows it is hurting his chances of re-election in November.

Mrs Clinton, who lost to Mr Trump in the 2016 presidential election, said: “Obviously I tried to warn about him when I was running against him and yet once it was over I hoped, along with many Americans, that he would rise to the job, that he would not be as bad as I feared.

Hillary Clinton at a screening of the four-part series Hillary
Image:Hillary Clinton at a screening of the four-part series Hillary

“Sadly, he’s been even worse and the COVID-19 crisis really sums up the deep failures of his presidency.”

She criticised what she called his “refusal to lead, to take any responsibility… to heed the warnings that were coming for quite some time before the cases exploded, to listen to the scientists, to reassure people, to lead by example”.

Mrs Clinton claimed the US president has not talked with leading scientists “for weeks”.

The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, with the death toll now exceeding 117,000.

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Asked what advice she would have for Mr Trump now, Mrs Clinton laughed and said: “Just go away quietly, thank you very much.

“Just go back to golfing or whatever you wanna do and don’t continue to mess with our country, thank you.”

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Turning her thoughts to the upcoming election, where Mr Trump is set to battle Democrat Joe Biden for the presidency, Mrs Clinton said she was confident Mr Biden could win.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if the election were this Tuesday, he would win,” she said.

But she feared that Russian influences could interfere in the election – as they had in the 2016 race.

“Russian interference, manipulation of social media, disinformation, that is all happening one more time and that is going to have to be addressed by the Biden campaign and I hope by the press to make sure people aren’t fooled again,” she said.

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Image:Joe Biden is running for president

The 72-year-old also had some words of advice for Mr Biden in choosing his running mate, who he has already pledged will be a woman – something Mrs Clinton is “thrilled” about.

She said: “Number one, this person has to be ready to be president because we don’t know what’s going to happen in this crazy world we’re living in right now.

“Number two, you’ve got to wanna work with this person day in and day out.

“And then of course, number three, this person has to help you win or at least do no harm.”

Donald Trump 'tried to hijack Christianity' with Bible 'photo opportunity', Hillary Clinton says

Donald Trump ‘tried to hijack Christianity’ with Bible ‘photo opportunity’, Hillary Clinton says

Mrs Clinton is no stranger to tough choices herself.

She says she still stands by her decision to stay with her husband – former US president Bill Clinton – after his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

A photograph showing former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function

Forgiving husband for Lewinsky affair was ‘really hard’

Kay Burley asked: “How did you forgive your husband? I would have thrown things at him until there was nothing left in the house to throw.”

“Well, I’m not saying I didn’t, am I?” Mrs Clinton replied.

“It was incredibly hard and it took a lot of digging deep about what I really wanted and what I could live with going forward and at the end of it we had some counselling, we obviously spent an enormous amount of time… talking it through.

“I made the decision that I thought was right for me and I am quick to say I don’t in any way suggest or judge any woman who makes a different decision.”

You can see Kay’s full exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton today on Kay Burley @ Breakfast from 7am.

And you can watch the four-part series Hillary on Sky Documentaries and Now TV. That’s available right now.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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