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Rep. Joyce Beatty Says Trump's COVID-19 Response 'Puts Us At Risk'

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, speaks to the audience during the Ohio Democratic Party election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, speaks to the audience during the Ohio Democratic Party election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) says she’s not surprised that President Trump, upon arriving back to the White House after his hospital stay for COVID-19, removed his mask and downplayed the serious nature of the virus.

Beatty says Trump has put himself and others at risk by not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, and she says his rhetoric is dangerous.

“He’s a president that puts us at risk," Beatty says. "He’s a president that’s not a commander in chief. He’s a person I have no confidence in."

Trump returned to the White House on Monday after spending three days at Walter Reed Medical Center getting treated for COVID-19.

"One thing that's for certain: Don't let it dominate you," Trump said in a Twitter video. "Don't be afraid of it."

Beatty made her comments Tuesday outside the Franklin County Board of Elections, where thousands of people lined up for the first day of early, in-person voting. Beatty, who's running for reelection to Ohio's 3rd Congressional District this fall, says the robust interest in this election will work to the advantage of Democrats.