Trump cares more about taking down statues of racist Confederate generals and slaveholders than coronavirus death toll, Maxine Waters says

Maxine Waters interviewed former Wells Fargo Directors, Elizabeth Duke and James Quigley, during a House Financial Services Committee hearing: (2020 Getty Images)
Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters has claimed that President Donald Trump is more concerned with protecting Confederate monuments than with the death of the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has increased in the past few weeks after the companies reopened and the social distancing measures were eased with the support of Mr. Trump.
During the same period, monuments to Confederate officials were removed in numerous states after Black Lives Matter protesters criticized them after George Floyd's death.
The president condemned the removal of statues and on Thursday the California representative released a statement criticizing Mr. Trump's actions in recent months.
"It would be hoped that the President of the United States would reach the level of leadership that our country needs to deal with the fatal increase in coronavirus cases in America," said Ms. Waters.
"Instead, we have Donald Trump, an incompetent and heartless man who focuses more on saving statues of slave owners, confederate generals and racists than protecting the health of living and breathing Americans," added the 81-year-old.
Ms. Waters' comments came on the same day that the country had the highest daily total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic started.
The highest daily total number of positive Covid 19 cases of 36,426 was registered on April 24, but two months later, on June 25, the United States announced 39,327 new coronavirus infections.
“The United States remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with over 2.4 million cases and more than 124,000 deaths. In my home state of California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida, coronavirus cases have skyrocketed in the past two weeks, ”wrote the congresswoman in her statement.
“On Tuesday, Texas and California set records for more than 5,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, and 33 states reported an increase in their weekly average coronavirus cases.
"Instead of using the full power of his office to fight this deadly pandemic, Donald Trump would rather ignore the corona virus and call in US marshals to confront protesters who lay down monuments to racist generals and Confederate slave owners," added Ms. Waters added.
A renewed discussion of Confederate monuments was sparked after the death of Mr. Floyd, who died after Derek Chauvin, who was a Minneapolis policeman at the time, knelt on his neck.
On June 19, a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, several Confederate statues were overthrown in the United States, including one by General Albert Pike in Washington, DC.
In response to the protests, the president urged the US marshals to protect national monuments.
Mr. Trump also announced that he is preparing to enact an executive ordinance that, according to CNN, protects statues and monuments even if they have ties to the confederacy.
After a statue of former president and union leader Ulysses S Grant was toppled last week, Trump said the protesters had gone too far.
"I think a lot of the people who tear down the statues don't even have a clue what the statue is, what it means, who it is when it is knocked down," he said.
"Now they look at Jesus Christ, they look at George Washington, they look at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. It won't happen, it won't happen while I'm here."
According to a tracking project by Johns Hopkins University, more than 2.4 million people in the United States have now tested positive for coronavirus. The death toll has reached at least 124,509.
The Independent asked the White House for a comment.
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