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  • Donald Trump said that he supports universal healthcare
  • Twitter reacts to Donald Trump's interview about universal healthcare
  • Melania Trump canceled her fundraising event in California amid coronavirus outbreak

Donald Trump's take on universal health resurfaced amid the criticism he’s been receiving for not handling the coronavirus outbreak well.

An interview of the current president of the United States in 1999 has resurfaced. In the clip, Trump makes it clear what his stance on healthcare was at the time.

“I’m quite liberal and much more liberal on healthcare and other things. I really say, what’s the purpose of a country if you’re not gonna have defense and healthcare? If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forge it, it’s all over. It’s no good,” Trump said.

“So I’m very liberal when it comes to healthcare. I believe in universal healthcare. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.”

When asked if he believed that it was an entitlement of birth, Trump gave an affirmative response. He agreed that it was an entitlement to the country.

The clip received various reactions from online users. Some mocked the POTUS for forgetting what he said. Others wondered why he changed now that he is the president.

“All I got to say about this video clip is ... what the [explicit] happened to that Donald?” @JoannaM74998040 commented.

“Trump can’t remember what he said or believed two hours ago,” @2nord2 added.

“I wonder what happened between then and now. My guess is the people who kept him afloat after all his business failures disagreed with his health care views,” @ScottGLefty opined.

“Never forget, Trump is at heart, a Democrat He financially backed Bill Clinton's campaign, endorsed the Israeli Palestine ceasefire agreement, backed the GFI and worked with several NYC mayors to address housing crises. He's a Republican of convenience, easy to mobilize voters,” @RedTalie added.

Meanwhile, Trump initially dismissed coronavirus and even compared it to the common flu. He said the fake news media and Democratic Party only inflamed the issue. Thus, many reacted when his wife Melania Trump decided to cancel her fundraising engagement in California amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, some of his supporters started the coronavirus challenge. One woman has gone viral online after sharing a clip of her licking an airplane toilet seat to show that coronavirus is a hoax.

US President Donald Trump addresses Americans from the Oval Office about the widening novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis US President Donald Trump addresses Americans from the Oval Office about the widening novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis Photo: POOL / Doug Mills