Mick Mulvaney accuses media of hyping coronavirus to bring down Trump
Mick Mulvaney speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that the media is only covering the spread of coronavirus because it's out to get President Donald Trump.


According to the New York Times' Annie Karni, Mulvaney accused the American media of using coronavirus as a political weapon, despite the fact that concerns about the virus led Japan to shut down its schools for at least a month.

"They think this will bring down the president," Mulvaney said. "That’s what it’s all about."

He then downplayed the health risks to Americans who contract the virus by arguing that the virus won't kill everyone who contracts it.

"It’s not a death sentence," he said. "It’s not the same as the Ebola crisis."

In fact, it's estimated that the mortality rate from contracting coronavirus is two percent, which is why several governments across the world are taking significant measures to protect their people from getting infected.