Trump on Coronavirus Deaths: ‘It Is What It Is’
August 4, 2020
Trump continues to downplay the coronavirus and still has no plan to control its spread, even as cases surge and our nation’s top public health experts warn that the pandemic has entered a “new phase.”
Trump said that more than 1,000 Americans dying a day “is what it is” and falsely claimed that the pandemic is “under control.”
TRUMP: “They are dying. That’s true. It is what it is.”
TRUMP: “It’s under control as much as you can control it.”
Trump incoherently said “read the manuals, read the books” after claiming that people say you can test too much.
TRUMP: “There are those that say you can test too much, you do know that.”
SWAN: “Who says that?”
TRUMP: “Oh, just read the manuals. Read the books.”
Earlier in the day, Trump and Pence both tried to spin their failures and downplay the virus by claiming we were making progress.
Associated Press’s Michael Tackett: “Trump said there are ‘very encouraging’ signs that the ‘virus is receding’”
CNN: “Forever spinning their failure in handling the crisis, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday made selective claims of ‘significant’ advances and ‘very encouraging’ signs and celebrated ‘plateauing’ cases in sunbelt areas that might have escaped their disasters by ignoring the President’s advice.”
Meanwhile, Trump still has no plan to contain the virus and Dr. Fauci reiterated Dr. Birx’s warning that the pandemic is in a “new phase.”
CNN: “No signs Trump has a plan as experts say the pandemic enters new phase”
Washington Post: “Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, defended and amplified Deborah Birx’s statements about what she characterized as a ‘new phase’ of the pandemic in the United States. Speaking to reporters Monday, Fauci said that the kind of spread some states are experiencing is extremely difficult to contain. ‘When you have community spread it’s insidious, there are people who are spreading it who have no symptoms at all … It’s difficult to do identification, isolation and contact tracing,’ Fauci said.”