In this April 1, 2020 file photo, a couple pauses to take a picture of the Samaritan's Purse field hospital as they walk their dog in New York's Central Park. On Saturday, May 2, 2020. (Photo: AP)
A CNN commentary on Friday refuted US President Donald Trump's blind optimism and self-promotion strategies during the COVID-19 outbreak which has killed more than 65,000 in the country.
The author of the opinion piece, US columnist Frida Ghitis, said that Trump's attempts to downplay the crisis and his shifting attitudes towards epidemic control in the past months have caused a real disaster for the country.
Ghitis also opened fire on Trump's self-promotion declarations in pandemic control such as "We're very proud of the job we've done," and "We did a spectacular job," claiming that those remarks have cast a shadow on efforts to control the spread of the virus.
Ghitis concluded her article by suggesting that, "We can only hope the experience has taught the American people one important lesson: Ignore what the President and his acolytes say. Listen to the experts."