A Sunday interview with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson may have done more harm than good when it comes to assuring Americans that the Trump administration has the coronavirus under control.
March 8, 2020

A Sunday interview with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson may have done more harm than good when it comes to assuring Americans that the Trump administration has the coronavirus under control.

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Carson -- who is a former neurosurgeon but not an infectious disease expert -- compared COVID-19 to the common flu.

Stephanopoulos noted that the Grand Princess is scheduled to dock in Oakland this week with infected passengers.

"What plan is in place to deal with the 3,500 people onboard?" the ABC host asked.

Carson, however, declined to reveal the plan.

"The plan will be in place by that time," Carson said. "But I don't want to preview the plan right now."

"Shouldn't you be able to do that?" Stephanopoulos pressed.

"I think it needs to all come from a solitary source, we shouldn't have 16 people saying what the plan is," Carson argued.

The HUD secretary's interview did not inspire confidence on Twitter, where commenters trashed his interview.

Read some of the tweets below.

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