Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair questions Trump's coronavirus strategy

LONDON - Former U.K.  Prime Minister Tony Blair questioned  President Donald Trump's approach to the coronavirus crisis and the warnings of "terrifying" economic policies as global lockdown measures continue

 “The countries that are locked down fast and those are the building, testing, tracing and tracking capabilities are fast, and then the economy is more bold,” he told NBC News on Friday.

 Trump's government has been dealing with a banging out response to the pandemic of the first downplaying of a threat and not moving quickly or efficiently enough.

 "I think the problem is that you are in most Western countries today," he said.  He spent the last eight weeks with his family under lockdown.

 "I think they are not adequately well-informed about the risks of economic collapse," he added.

 The pandemic and the consequent lockdown has slammed the world economy.  In the U.S., the first quarter of the 2020 saw the steepest decline since the Great Recession.

 As prime minister from 1997 to 2007, Blair became an important figure on the world stage and was a key ally of the U.S.  President George W. Bush.  Under his leadership, the U.K.  joined the U.S.-led coalition fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 Blair said, "I think most people would understand, but it's probably not better.

 He added that he was less worried about individual comments and more concerned about what he called "the absence of global coordination."

 He then went on to compare Trump to his predecessors.

 "If I think back to the times when I was with Bill Clinton or George Bush, like Barack Obama, the most important thing at one time is to say, how do you bring the world together?"

 That includes working together to find a vaccine, accelerating the development of therapeutics and testing capability and making sure economic measures are in place, "he said.

 “It's global coordination, the absence of which means that each individual country's disease is less effective with disease.  That's the thing that worries, ”he said, suggesting that the U.S.  The global agendDownload the NBC News app for full coverage and alerts about the coronavirus outbreak.

 During his time in office, Trump has stratified the United States' traditional allegiances and agreements from the United States, such as the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement.  Most recently, he threatened to make the Freeze on the U.S.  Funding for World Health Organization Permanent, Accusing the Organization of an "alarming independence" from China.

 In the current global lockdown, Blair has also advocated for the restrictions of an easing, placement of measures with albeit.
 "We need to get enough of the terrific people to get to the lockdown, but you've got to help the people understand that there is a limit to how long you can go with this," he said.
 Blair - who now heads the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a nonprofit organization - added that his family members are all well and healthy.
 "Traveling all the time," he said during the internet call.  "One place, and probably a lot more healthy as a result."
 He said he was concerned about the impact of COVID-19 restrictions in Africa and the continent's 1.2 billion people, where, according to official data, the disease had just over 3,000 deaths.
 Blair said the lockdown measures include disrupting programs that help treat and limit the spread of malaria, diarrheal diseases and HIV / AIDS.
 "The risk is the end of many more deaths in African countries because of the COVID imposing barriers around the lockdown of their people," he said.
 Food insecurity and lack of work in the informal economy have also been plagued by a heavy burden of placing.
 Blair said people should now recognize that the economic fallout could be globally worse than the health implications.
 "You've got to tell people, 'Yes, look, I can't tell you there is any risk, if any, you send children back into primary school, but what can I tell you?'  The risk is very small in the world. '”

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