Susanna Reid didn’t hold back when she questioned MP Robert Jenrick after Dominic Cummings’ explosive testimony, asking where Boris Johnson was after his 1450-day absence on Good Morning Britain.
The GMB host ripped into the Housing Secretary after Mr Cummings, the Prime Minister’s former top aide, launched a full-scale attack on the government.
She began by asking: ‘Where’s the Prime Minister this morning?’
‘I believe the Prime Minister is going to be visiting a hospital later today, he’s getting on with the job,’ Mr Jenrick responded.
‘He doesn’t diminish the significance of what was said or people’s desire for answers and explanation and people’s perfectly legitimate and understandable desire for us to be learning lessons from what’s happened so far.’
Susanna told him: ‘This is the morning. We have not interviewed the Prime Minister on this programme for a ridiculous amount of time – 1450 days.
‘Today is the day after seven hours of criticism of his catastrophic handling of the pandemic – the delays going into lockdown, the mess over testing, the lies told by the Health Secretary, particularly over care homes.
Susanna didn’t hold back (Picture: ITV)
‘Why is the Prime Minister not in the seat you’re sitting in, talking to the public about what you got right and explaining why he believes Dominic Cummings is wrong?’
‘The Prime Minister did speak yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions,’ Mr Jenrick responded, as Susanna interjected: ‘He hadn’t listened to Dominic Cummings’ evidence, with respect Mr Jenrick. He said he hadn’t listened to it.’
The Housing Secretary said: ‘The Prime Minister does have a job to do, which is to continue to respond to the pandemic, so no I’m sure he didn’t have time to listen to all of the evidence yesterday but he did say in parliament very clearly that he feels desperately sorry for those who have lost loved ones over the course of the pandemic, but that at at every turn, he did what he thought was best, in the best interest of the country, to protect people’s lives, to minimise the loss of life, to protect the NHS and to help us to weather the storm.’
‘So why didn’t we go into the first lockdown earlier?’ Susanna challenged. ‘If he did everything right, why didn’t he go to the first five Cobra meetings and why didn’t we go into the first lockdown earlier?’
Mr Jenrick went on to insist that the Prime Minister ‘did everything that he thought was in the best interests of the country.’
Susanna and her former co-host Piers Morgan have been open in their outrage at the Prime Minister’s absence on the show.
Earlier this month, Susanna accused him of ducking interviews, and in 2019, Piers branded him a ‘fridge-hider’ after he ducked into a refrigerator when a GMB reporter asked him to appear live on the show.
Susanna’s comments come after Mr Cummings launched an attack on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and apologised to MPs and people who have lost loved ones.
He branded Mr Johnson ‘not fit for the job’ as Prime Minister, and claimed Health Secretary Matt Hancock should have been fired for up to 20 incidents.
Mr Hancock has only responded so far to say he has not seen Mr Cummings’ evidence in full, as he has been busy ‘saving lives’.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.