The novel coronavirus outbreak appears to be changing all previously practiced norms and rules. People have been forced to stay home to the best of their abilities, offices and other businesses are staying shut in many parts of the world, fake news and misinformation abounds, and now, friendships are ending.
On Saturday, Donald Trump unfollowed his 'friend' Piers Morgan after the latter criticised his handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak using rather strong words.
Now, it must be remembered that the two, despite not agreeing on a host of topics have been friends for quite some time. Piers had even won Trump's show The Celebrity Apprentice in 2007-08 -- back in the President's reality TV days.
In a 2017 conversation with ITV’s Loose Women, Morgan had said that while the two of them did not agree on many issues, they were, in his words, "friends".
"“Everyone keeps screaming at me not to like Donald Trump and it’s not going to work. He’s a friend of mine,” he had been quoted as saying.
The sentiment however appears to have soured in recent days, with Morgan repeatedly calling out Trump's words and leadership style. Recently, he told CNN that President Trump was turning his press briefings into "a self-aggrandizing, self-justifying, overly defensive, politically partisan" spectacle. Morgan had also said that he had been following the conferences with "mounting horror".
On Saturday Morgan took to Twitter alleging that he had been unfollowed after writing a column for Daily Mail. He also attached a screenshot of the article, bearing the headline "President Trump's batsh*t crazy coronavirus 'cure' theories are not just shockingly senseless and stupid - they're going to kill people".
Donald Trump incidentally has not commented on the same. He now follows only 46 people via his personal Twitter handle.