What has been the most brainless and irresponsible statement made by President Donald Trump about the coronavirus? There have been so many it’s hard to choose.

On Feb. 25, he made the improbable claim that the situation was “under control” and that the virus was “a problem that’s going to go away.” On Feb. 27, he said, “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.” On Feb. 28, he said that politicizing the coronavirus was the Democratic Party’s “new hoax.”

On March 17, he contradicted his own previous statements by ludicrously claiming. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” And on March 25, he exposed his lack of foresight by saying, “A lot of equipment’s being asked for that I don’t think they’ll need.”

All of these statements have displayed Trump’s woeful lack of empathy and his deep-seated refusal to confront any reality outside his narcissistic bubble of self-importance.

But the topper came on March 29 when he talked about shortages of medical supplies and asked, “Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door?” Just think about the audacity of that question. Trump’s incompetence and disrespect for medical expertise has led to a disastrously slow response to the outbreak of the virus. As a result, medical personnel are heroically going without proper protective equipment and putting their own lives at risk to save others and avert catastrophe. In return, Trump, without the slightest shred of evidence, implies that they are stealing medical supplies.

Revolting? Odious? Disgusting­? No word seems sufficient to characterize so vile a character.

James J. Amato

Duluth