U.S. President Donald Trump has plenty on his plate at the moment.
The economy appears to be heading towards a recession, total number of COVID-19 cases in the country have today surpassed China and he has an election to worry about at the end of the year.
But all of this hasn’t stopped him from attempting to thwart a 30-second ad which criticises his response to the coronavirus outbreak.
You can see the ad below.
We won’t let the Trump campaign intimidate us from telling the truth. Beginning Saturday we will be running this ad in Arizona, our first television buy there this cycle. pic.twitter.com/Zsqx3PYdee
— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) March 26, 2020
Put together by political group Priorities USA, which has previously supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the ad stitches together a number of the President’s quotes on the pandemic, including “we have it totally under control”, “this is their new hoax” and “we really think we’ve done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum”.
According to Forbes, a lawyer for President Trump’s campaign issued a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday demanding the ad stop running.
There are also reports his legal team has sent a letter to TV stations warning that running the ad “could put your station’s license in jeopardy”.
Priorities USA chair Guy Cecil said in a statement: “the fact that Trump is going to such great lengths to keep the American people from hearing his own words adds to the urgency of communicating them far and wide.”