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Ridley Scott calls Donald Trump “a nutcase” over coronavirus response

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott has mocked US President Donald Trump in regards to his response to the current coronavirus crisis.

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 28th, more than 614,052 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 28,234 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.

Now though, as the virus continues to spread aggressively, the United States has now confirmed more cases of COVID-19 than any other country, surpassing China who are now seeing reduced numbers. In the US alone, 104,256 people have tested positive for coronavirus and 1,704 have passed away.

Trump, who recently made the extremely ambitious statement that he wants the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter” despite health experts disagreeing, has been branded “a nutcase” by 82-year-old director Scott who also said the majority of world leaders are “idiots”. Scott added: “There are very few worthwhile ones. If anyone has half a brain, they wouldn’t want to go into politics anyway, right?”

Scott, speaking in a new interview with Variety, then said: “Particularly with this orange-headed fellow that’s running us, he’s a nutcase, isn’t he?” in reference to Trump.

He continued: “Looking at the globalisation of the politicians that are running the world, half the time being run by idiots and the other time by despots, there are very few worthwhile ones, if you know what I mean. No one wants to go into politics. If anyone has half a brain they wouldn’t want to go into politics anyway, right?”

Scott then appealed to UK Prime Minister—who has recently tested positive for coronavirus—“to limit what you can buy each time” in reference to the amount of panic buying which is ransacking supermarkets across the country and leaving the most vulnerable unable to buy basic necessities.

“People are buying so much food and then the food is rotting,” he added. “I mean, Jesus, Boris, get out your thinking cap, ’cause what we’re now talking on is an iPhone, a perfect coupon distributor to limit what you can buy. And that way, you have order. You must have order and calm.”