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Pence: China Offering More Transparency Now Than During Past Outbreaks


Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News host Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin” that he doesn’t think anger at China over the coronavirus outbreak is not helpful. “The president has been very clear that it would have been better if we’d known more sooner,” Pence told host Mark Levin in an interview airing Sunday night. “But the truth is that compared to previous outbreaks in China, there’s been a much greater degree of transparency on this. And we were able to send a team of our health experts in the middle of February to look at the raw data to understand what’s been happening in China. And we’ll continue to work on on a basis of cooperation.” “I would never begrudge Americans feeling the way they feel about any issue, particularly one of such magnitude to our families and to our communities,” Pence replied when Levin claimed China “covered up” the virus when it first appeared. “But what I can tell you is this is a president that has told me when he tapped me, now three-and-a-half weeks ago to lead the White House coronavirus task force, we just need to bring the best of America at the federal level, at the state level, and maybe most importantly, with private industry, to respond to this virus.” “Every one of us should be putting into practice the president’s 15-days-to-slow-the-spread recommendation from coronavirus.gov,” Pence said. “It’s a very straightforward list of recommendations about social distancing, about not eating in restaurants and bars, but using the drive-thru or pickup and delivery service, and avoiding gatherings over this period of time of more than 10 people.”

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