Hmm? WH Science Office Celebrates Trump’s Victory Over The Coronavirus Pandemic
Despite the U.S. seeing record numbers of coronavirus infections, the White House’s science policy office has listed “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” as President Donald Trump’s top accomplishment during his first term, according to Politico.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy included the list in a Tuesday press release, which credited the Trump administration for its “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”
It’s the latest inaccurate claim from the administration on the severity of the pandemic, which Trump has downplayed throughout his reelection campaign, and as Vice President Mike Pence’s office is dealing with an outbreak. Trump, who insists the country is "rounding the turn" on the coronavirus, continues to hold packed campaign rallies and attacks the news media for focusing on surging infections.
Last week, the country set a new record of 83,000 cases in a single day, and the seven-day case average is now hovering around 70,000 — more than any other time during the pandemic. Over 42,000 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, up from about 30,000 one month ago, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Politico noted that “The U.S. so far has recorded more than 8.7 million coronavirus cases and at least 226,000 deaths, more than any other country.”