Trump Dismisses Rise In COVID Cases: If We Stopped Testing, We’d Have Few Cases
The Independent reports that on June 15, President Donald J. Trump said that if the United States did not test for coronavirus, it would not “have any cases.”
Trump made these remarks unprompted while he opened a roundtable discussion on “Fighting for America’s seniors.” Near the end of his broader comments, he said,
Again, our testing is so far advanced. It’s so much bigger and better than any other country, that we’re going to have more cases. We’re always going to have more cases. And as I said this morning, that’s probably the downside of having good testing is you find a lot of cases that other countries, who don’t even test, don’t have. If you don’t test, you don’t have any cases. If we stopped testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.
But we do: We’re at a level that—Mike is going to talk about—that’s so high. But we will show more—more cases when other countries have far more cases than we do; they just don’t talk about it. But the testing, on the other hand, is very good because we find out where it’s going, how it’s going, who it’s going to, and we take care of it.
- The Independent notes that this is “merely the latest time the president has made strange comments about COVID-19 testing.”
- Trump has “consistently sounded inconsistent messages.” He sometimes has praised the nation and his own administration for testing more people than other countries. At other times, he muses that the numbers of known infections and deaths are so high because of that testing rate.
- Vice President Mike Pence also credited the increase in cases to a “dramatic increase in testing,” and he claimed that COVID-19 is “farther and farther in the past.”
- Additionally, when asked by a reporter for his thoughts on a county health department director’s requests for Trump to postpone a planned rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, Trump did not speak to concerns about public health but did talk about the “fantastic job” governors were doing in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. Of Tulsa, he said, “And we expect to have, you know, it’s like a record-setting crowd. We’ve never had an empty seat.”