"We are not going to control the pandemic," says Trump's chief of staff

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Donald Trump's White House chief of staff said on Sunday that the United States was "not going to control the pandemic" of COVID-19, which he again compared to the flu, after the announcement of contaminations in the entourage of US Vice President Mike Pence.

This is what we are going to do. We are not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control that we can have vaccines, treatments and other means to alleviate the disease, Mark Meadows said on CNN.

Because it's a contagious virus just like the flu, he added.

Biden and Harris castigate Trump

The Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, accused Donald Trump on Sunday of having surrendered to the coronavirus pandemic, after Mr. Meadows' remarks.

It wasn't a mistake from (Mark) Meadows, denounced Mr. Biden in a statement. <q data-attributes = "{" lang ": {" value ":" fr "," label ":" Français "}," value ": {" html ":" It was an honest observation of the President Trump since the start of the crisis: wave the white flag of defeat and hope that if we ignore it, the virus will go away. It has not been and it will not be "," text ":" It was an honest observation of President Trump's strategy since the start of the crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that if it is ignored, the virus will go away. It was not the case and it will not be "}}" lang = "en”>It was an honest statement of President Trump's strategy since the start of the crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that if ignored, the virus will go away. It didn't and it won't, he added.

Kamala Harris, who is running for the Democratic vice-presidency in the November 3 election, immediately accused the Trump administration of admitting defeat.

It is the biggest failure of a presidential administration in American history.

Kamala Harris, Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate
Kamala Harris, masked, walks through a door.

Senator Kamala Harris says the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic is catastrophic.

Photo: The Canadian Press / AP / Jacquelyn Martin

They recognize their failure, she told reporters in reaction to Mark Meadows' comments.

President Trump is being criticized from all quarters for tending to downplay the severity of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, sometimes compared to the seasonal flu. This assessment weighs heavily on his chances of re-election.

Himself infected in early October, hospitalized for three days, he has since been cured and immune thanks to experimental treatments and insists again that the pandemic will eventually disappear, while the number of additional daily cases has set new records in recent days.

The United States is the most bereaved country in the world with nearly 225,000 dead from COVID-19.

No change of plan for Pence

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, was also tested positive on Saturday, along with several other of his advisers. Many cases had already been reported to the White House at the time of Donald Trump's diagnosis.

But Mike Pence, who heads the crisis unit against the coronavirus, has decided to maintain his campaign appointments, like Donald Trump who multiplies the rallies bringing together large crowds with few masks and distancing.

Mike pence will wear a mask today, said Mark Meadows, when he rarely wears one in public.

Asked about the government's refusal to make the wearing of a mask compulsory, the White House chief of staff replied: We live in a free society, accusing Joe Biden of wanting confine everything.

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