“There’s been this sense that we surrendered,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta told Stephen Colbert, “and I think it’s even worse than that.”


All the way back on March 13, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, was Stephen Colbert’s last guest in the Ed Sullivan Theater before The Late Show was forced to shut down production. Even then, Gupta knew that President Donald Trump had “failed” to protect the American people from COVID-19.

More than seven months later, Colbert is still performing his show without an audience, and on Tuesday night he hosted Gupta for a remote interview about the state of the pandemic.

After agreeing with the host that the United States “shanked” its response to the coronavirus compared to the rest of the world, Gupta shared his thoughts on the Trump administration’s new claim that the president can count “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” among his first-term accomplishments.