While speaking at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, President Trump said he would prefer for the passengers aboard a Grand Princess cruise ship to not cross onto American soil “because I like the [coronavirus] numbers being where they are,” according to the Rolling Stone.
Trump admitted that his initial inclination was to leave the people on the cruise ship, on which some of the 3,500 passengers have tested positive for the virus, because of how it would appear.
“They would like to have the people come off,” Trump said referring to health officials. “I would like to have the people stay. I told them to make the final decision. I would rather because I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault. And it wasn’t the fault of the people on the ship either. OK? It wasn’t their fault, either. And they are mostly Americans. So, I can live either way with it.”
Trump added, “I would rather have them stay on, personally. But I fully understand if they want to take them off. I gave them the authority to make the decision.”
The president then continued to lie about the availability of coronavirus tests: “Anybody that needs a test, gets a test. They’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful.” Both doctors and patients throughout the U.S. have complained of the lack thereof.