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During an appearance in Nevada’s Legends Ranch, Ms Trump spoke to supporters about Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Striking a positive tone, she said her father moved quickly in tackling the virus, and claimed he did so when other countries were “not taking it seriously”. The US has the highest death toll from the virus around the world, at 215,803.
Ms Trump walked out to the Legend’s Ranch to Elton John’s I’m Still Standing to field questions from Republican supporters about the pandemic.
The White House adviser spoke about the President’s response to the virus, and praised her father for taking “early” and “unprecedented action” to stop its spread.
She said: “It has been taxing on this country and the world, and I feel grateful for his leadership because I know what the loss of life could have been if he had not taken such early action to close our country to travel, first from China and then from Europe.
“These are unprecedented actions at a time when most people, except through the lens of revisionist history, most people were not taking it seriously, on the Hill or elsewhere.”
But Ms Trump was flamed for claiming Mr Trump’s response to coronavirus was “unprecedented”, with Twitter users taking her to task for its inaccuracy.
One said: “How is she able to speak with a straight face knowing her father lied and continued to lie since he was briefed on how deadly this virus is?”
Another added: “I was locked down by choice at the end of February and I know I wasn’t the only one.”
One user took a more aggressive tone, and said: “That’s a load of c**p Ivanka. I’ve been taking it seriously since Feb when I came down with it.”
Helen Kennedy, former reporter at New York Daily News, attacked the Trump daughter and said: “Have you listened to Bob Woodward’s tapes or were you too busy posing for vapid photoshoots?”
Mr Kennedy was referencing the shock recordings of Mr Trump admitting to reporter Bob Woodward he knew the dangers of the “deadly” coronavirus back in Febuary.
The President said to Mr Woodward in March: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Mr Kennedy also pointed to Joe Biden in January saying he was “concerned that the Trump administration’s shortsighted policies have left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic that will come sooner or later.”
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Ms Trump also spoke at the Nevada event about her fears about her father’s battle with the virus.
She said when asked about the loss of life from the virus: “It has been the most punishing elements of this, not just for the United States but for the world.
“And I had a taste of that anxiety last week when I saw my own father go to the hospital to be treated for COVID.
“And he beat it back, and he did what he does, and he fought hard. It’s amazing. Both him and the First Lady are, thank God, doing very well.”
The White House adviser also touted progress made towards a vaccine for the virus.
She said the US is “well on the way to a vaccine” and insisted Mr Trump’s administration has done “in six to seven months what would have taken six to seven years without compromising safety or efficacy”.
She added: “That’s something that I believe no other President could have done.”
The US has seen a total of 7,852,008 cases and 215,803 deaths from the virus, as of October 14 according to Johns Hopkins University.
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