At his first political rally since the pandemic, President Trump jokingly said that we should slow down testing for the coronavirus because the more we test, the more cases we find. He called it a double-edged sword.
Referring to the fact that the U.S. has tested 25 million people, Trump said:
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re gonna find more people, you’re gonna find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please.”
A White House official said:
“He was obviously kidding. We are leading the world in testing and have conducted 25 million + in testing.”
Trump claimed credit for saving hundreds of thousands of lives by blocking travelers from Europe and China, and said the radical fake news doesn’t give him credit for the phenomenal job he’s done with the outbreak. The president referred to SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, as “Kung Flu” and “Chinese Virus.”
While the president and most of those at the Tulsa rally didn’t wear masks, 76% of Americans in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll remain concerned about the spread of COVID-19.