While the POTUS has drawn strong criticism for his efforts to combat the novel coronavirus, the 'In Da Club' hitmaker claims he could relate to the current position of the American leader.

AceShowbiz - 50 Cent sympathises with U.S. President Donald Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite knowing people who have died from the disease.

The rapper says he's fine with living in lockdown, but has lost old pals from New York, the worst hit U.S. state, to COVID-19.

"I've become a bit more comfortable with being in my own space," the "In Da Club" hitmaker tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian. "I don't think being at home is a punishment."

"I know three or four people who have passed from my old neighbourhood in Queens. In New York City, Queens always becomes the worst place."

President Trump has drawn strong criticism for his efforts to combat the virus, which have included causing panic among medical experts by suggesting bleach as a possible remedy and shifting from supporting lockdown measures to backing protests against them.

However, the star doesn't blame America's leader for the severity of the pandemic as he sees him as a divisive character like himself.

"It's an awkward situation. If you respond too fast, you're wrong, because everyone would be kicking and screaming and saying you shut everything down," the musician adds. "But if you shut it down late, you're wrong. So you can't win in that situation."

"People hate him or love him. There's no in-between. And for me, I'm looking at it and going: 'That's the exact position I'm in.'"

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