Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson: COVID Became a National Security Crisis on Trump’s Watch

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor, right, greets Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., left, as he arrives to testify before a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, on the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

The COVID pandemic has reached national security level with over 3.43 million contractions and 140,000 deaths in just over six months.

April Ryan spoke with Congress member Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, which oversees FEMA. Rep Thompson chides the White House for lack of leadership and direction which let coronavirus spin out of control, and the President for ignoring the virus and labeling Black Lives Matter protests as a national security threat.

Click ▶️ to listen to AURN Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan’s White House Report:

Federal agents disperse Black Lives Matter protesters near the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Monday, July 20, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Officers used teargas and projectiles to move the crowd after some protesters tore down a fence fronting the courthouse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A demonstrator raises their fist as others gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)