Larry Kudlow Defends Downplaying Pandemic: When I Said It Was Contained It Was True At The Time [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports:

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow defended his infamous assertion in late February that the coronavirus pandemic had been contained “pretty close to airtight,” telling CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday that his remarks were factual at the time.

Noting that there appears to be a disconnect within the Trump administration between public health experts and officials who want the economy quickly reopened, Tapper confronted Kudlow with his past comments, prompting the Trump aide to lash out.

“Well, look, Jake, for the umpteenth time I will say, my quote then was based on the actual facts—which at the time there were only 40 or 50 cases and it was contained—particularly after President Trump boldly put up travel restrictions with China,” Kudlow exclaimed. “I didn’t make a forecast.”

Mediaite reports:

After rolling the footage of Kudlow’s February remarks, Tapper asked him “is there a disconnect between what people such as you who want things to be better than they are, so as to help the economy, are saying, and what people in the health field are saying?”

“Now, yes, some doctors were more fearful. Other doctors had many different things to say. I don’t want to get in and play this game, who said what and when,” Kudlow went on.

“My quote was at that time, there were very few cases. Then, as the virus spread exponentially in ways that virtually no one could have predicted, of course we changed our mind.”