As a US president at the moment preventing an election throughout a pandemic that has killed 211,000 residents and prompted an financial meltdown of unprecedented magnitude, one may assume Donald Trump can be seeking to enhance his personal coronavirus report forward of polling day.
As a substitute, within the early hours of Thursday morning, the chief of the free world took to social media to share a put up criticising the response of … Wales.
Now, political leaders and campaigners within the land of the dragon have hit again.
Mr Trump retweeted Fox Information presenter Laura Ingraham, who, alongside a narrative a few potential winter of rolling lockdowns initiated by Cardiff, had written: “Your future beneath Biden”.
However folks right here had been fast to level out that, truly, such a future is probably not thought-about such a foul factor by many Individuals.
“You’d in all probability be taking a look at so much much less folks dying, wouldn’t you?” mentioned Sion Jobbins, co-founder of Sure Cymru, an independence marketing campaign group.
“Like fairly lots of people I’m truly shocked that Donald Trump has even heard of Wales – and I’d be much more shocked if he has an in depth grasp of the state of affairs right here. I’m not satisfied he’s acquired an in depth grasp of it in America, to be trustworthy.”
For comparability, the US has recorded 645.06 coronavirus deaths per 1 million folks. Wales – the place there are some 16 native lockdowns at the moment in place – has a corresponding price of simply 520.8. A complete of 1,630 folks have died right here after being identified with the virus.
“If Donald Trump and Fox Information are actually criticising Wales then clearly Wales is doing one thing proper,” Adam Worth, chief of Plaid Cymru, advised The Impartial.
“No nation on this planet goes to take public well being classes from President Trump – and positively not Wales, because the birthplace of the NHS which gave the world the mannequin of a nationwide well being service.”
He recommended that given Joe Biden was born in Scranton – the Pennsylvania capital with an extended Welsh historical past – many within the nation had been “rooting” for him to win the election.
“I look ahead to welcoming Joe Biden to Wales as the following president of the USA,” he added.
Ms Ingraham’s tweet was initially posted after Frank Atherton, Wales’ chief medical officer, mentioned earlier this week that the nation could possibly be “going out and in of these restrictions over the following few months”.