Trump's 'The Perfect President' for Coronavirus as He's a 'Germaphobe,' 'Border Hawk' and 'Tough on China,' Says Fox News' Jesse Watters

Fox News host Jesse Watters said Thursday that President Donald Trump is uniquely qualified to stop the coronavirus, because he's "a germaphobe who's tough on China."

On Thursday's episode of The Five, in response to fellow host Juan Williams' statements that Trump had a "credibility issue," Watters disagreed, and praised Trump's response to the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

"The guy is a germaphobe who's tough on China and is a border hawk. He's the perfect president to take on this virus, and this early travel restriction bought us time as now everybody acknowledges, yet he was called a racist for doing it," Watters said. "Now, the containment strategy so far is working. Not one single American has died in the United States, and according to Johns Hopkins University, America is the best prepared country in the entire world for this."

"Now I think we are on the front lines. We're the ones who have to wash our hands. We're the ones who have to cough like this," Watters said, demonstrating coughing into his arm. "The federal government can only do so much. And it's the hospitals, and the administrators and the nurses in the localities—not Washington, D.C. They're the ones who are going to have to handle this, and so far, they're doing a really, really good job."

The White House declined to comment. Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Jesse Watters praised President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus on "The Five" Thursday. John Lamparski/Getty

Trump on Wednesday announced that Vice President Mike Pence would lead the coronavirus response team, which would be chaired by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"I'm going to be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge," Trump said, "and he's going to be working with the professionals, doctors and everybody else that is working. The team is brilliant."

The president also told reporters that "the infection seems to have gone down over the last two days. As opposed to getting larger, it's actually gotten smaller."

Trump has requested $2.5 billion to put towards coronavirus preparedness. Republicans in Congress have suggested a budget of $4 billion, while Democrats have asked for $8.5 billion.

"But the Democrats and I guess Senator [Chuck] Schumer wants us to have much more than that and normally in life, I'd say 'We'll take it, we'll take it.' If they want to give more, we'll do more. We're going to spend whatever's appropriate," Trump said.

As of February 27, more than 83,000 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed worldwide. In the United States, 60 people have been infected with the virus, 45 of which came from people evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship or Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, on government-chartered flights.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that one person in California tested positive for coronavirus, despite not having any contact with known patients or any relevant travel history.

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This infographic shows the number of coronavirus cases worldwide as of February 27. Statista