Trump Tries To Downplay Crisis As Cases And Deaths Continue To Skyrocket
August 3, 2020
Trump has repeatedly tried to downplay the crisis back home by comparing the United States to the rest of the world, but the United States leads the world in cases and deaths, because of Trump’s failed response, and it’s not even close. In fact, most of the world has barred travel from the United States as our cases and deaths continue to skyrocket.
Trump has tried to downplay the coronavirus and ignore his failures by comparing the United States to other countries like Italy, France and Spain.
TRUMP: “Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”
TRUMP: “We’ve been doing it the right way. But a lot of countries, many countries, that were looked upon as beacons, they are not doing so well. But we are.”
TRUMP: “If you look at other countries, other countries are doing terribly.”
But the United States has far more cases and deaths than Italy, France, Spain, and the entire European Union — and it’s not even close.
Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis: “For the most recent 7 days, USA has about 12X the EUs new cases and 24X the EUs death toll on a per capita basis. It’s literally a different order of magnitude.”
New York Times’s Peter Baker: “How did Italy, France and Spain do? Average daily deaths over last week: US: 1,204 Italy: 6 France: 10 Spain: 2”
Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis: “The *entire* European Union — population 446 million — has a 7-day average daily COVID death toll of *59.*”
The United States death toll exceeded 1,000 for 6 days in a row and weekly averages rose in nearly half of states over last week.
Washington Post: “Nationwide, the daily coronavirus death toll exceeded 1,000 for the sixth day in a row on Saturday, according to The Post’s data. The 1,198 new fatalities marked the most that officials have counted on a Saturday, when death reports tend to be lower than those tallied midweek, since May 9.”
Washington Post: “The seven-day average for new coronavirus-related deaths rose in nearly half of the states over the past week, pushing the national death toll past 150,000 and prompting health experts to warn that the trend is unlikely to reverse anytime soon.”
Dr. Birx warned that the United States is in a “new phase” of the pandemic and cases are “extraordinarily widespread” across the country.
Washington Post: “Deborah Birx, the physician overseeing the White House coronavirus response, warned Sunday that the United States had entered a ‘new phase’ of the pandemic and urged people to take extreme health precautions as infections and deaths rise sharply nationwide. ‘I want to be very clear: What we’re seeing today is different from March and April,’ Birx told CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ noting that cases are increasing in rural and urban areas. ‘It is extraordinarily widespread.’”