Trump Downplays Virus, Suggests It Will Go Away As Cases Surge Past 5 Million

At his briefing last night and again this morning, Trump continued to downplay the coronavirus and suggest that it would disappear even as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country.

Trump downplayed the virus by saying “it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do” after being asked about 160,ooo dead Americans.

TRUMP: “I think it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do.”

Trump also suggested — and suggested again this morning — that the virus would disappear, saying in a “fairly short period of time” we’ll be in “very, very good shape” all over the country.

TRUMP: “I do want to say that, I think, at the end of a fairly short period of time, you’re going to be in very, very good shape all over our country.”

TRUMP: “We’re doing very well in everything, including corona, as you call it. We’re getting to an end..”

Meanwhile, states across the country set record highs in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations last week.

Axios: “Five states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments.”

NBC News: “Florida shattered its record for weekly hospitalizations, making it one of the biggest coronavirus hot spots in the nation. Some 3,355 people were admitted to Florida hospitals from Sunday, Aug. 2, to Monday, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard showed.”

After doubling our number of infections in just 6 weeks, the U.S. surpassed 5 million cases and now has more cases than countries like Ireland and New Zealand have people.

CBS News: “The U.S. has had more coronavirus cases than some countries have people”

CNBC: “It took just six weeks for the number of Covid-19 infections to double in the U.S., which logged the last 1 million infections over the last two weeks, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.”