Lara Trump says president has done ‘incredible job’ on coronavirus and defends not wearing mask at debate

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Lara Trump waves as she arrives on a Women for Trump Bus Tour campaign event on 8 October 2020. (AP)
Lara Trump waves as she arrives on a Women for Trump Bus Tour campaign event on 8 October 2020. (AP)

Donald Trump’s campaign adviser and daughter-in-law Lara Trump has defended the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and blamed the economic fallout from the public health crisis causing an "artificial interruption” of the nation’s economy.

"The president has done actually an incredible job with the coronavirus," she told CNN’s Jake Tapper, who brushed off her comments as “talking points” in a contentious interview on Sunday.

In a segment discussing the president’s declining support among women voters based on recent polling, Ms Trump – who is married to Eric Trump – falsely claimed that Joe Biden called the president’s travel restrictions from China xenophobic.

"You think politically correct, soft Joe Biden would have shut down travel to China, especially now we know it’s been very lucrative for Joe Biden and his family China?’

“I don’t know what that means,” Mr Tapper said.

Ms Trump pointed to the administration’s drug therapy production and fast-tracked vaccine research and the president’s use of experimental drug therapies during his own hospitalisation following a Covid-19 diagnosis.

“He’s done with Covid now, and they work," she said.

She also repeated the administration’s claim that 2 million Americans would have died from the disease, though that projection from health officials is for the number of deaths if the federal government had not had any response to the pandemic. More than 217,000 people have died from the disease.

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