President Donald Trump suggested that veteran families may have given him the coronavirus after attending a service honor event at the White House in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

Democrats have criticized Trump for making these allegations, pointing out that it is disrespectful to blame military families for the administration’s own shortcomings.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) said, “Whether he intended it or not, the President has blamed an event with families who lost their loved ones in battle for giving him COVID. That is a shocking statement even for this president.”

“He must immediately apologize. Failure to do so would be yet another example of his callous disregard and disrespect for the women and men of our Armed Forces who we ask to stand in harm’s way,” Reed added.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the president’s suggestion does not exempt the administration from providing proof of when Trump last tested negative for the virus.

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