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“The first thing he did,” Graham said, “was — [on], I think January 31st — stop travel from China. The Chinese are the bad guy here if you’re looking for a bad guy.”
Graham added that the China travel restriction “probably saved us a lot of heartache,” saying that move, along with subsequent restrictions on European travel and declaring a national emergency, “flattened the curve.”
Graham admitted that the U.S. was “struggling” with testing, but said that he “can’t really blame the president” for that.
Behar also asked Graham about Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to see a change in leadership as he had lost confidence in the global health agency.
“I think they conspired with China to downplay the nature of the virus, that they reported all through January there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he said. “… The money that’s being suspended will go to other people throughout the world to deal with health issues.”