On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said expanding testing for the United States would make them “look bad” by increasing the reported number of positive cases. NPR reports on the president’s frame of mind, and how popularity and reelection are paramount.
"If we did very little testing, [America] wouldn't have the most cases," Trump said. "So, in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad."
What’s more, Trump makes it clear that his priority is not saving lives -- it’s winning the popularity contest:
"I will tell you, you look at some cases, some people think they're doing it for politics," Trump said on Fox News Channel. "Here we go again. But they think they're doing it because it'll hurt me, the longer it takes to — hurt me in the election, the longer it takes to open up."
But no matter how you look at it, the nation is in a dire state. Trump’s actions to save his image and get the economy back to pre-virus numbers are taking a toll on the American public.
- The U.S.’s coronavirus cases have plateaued, but that’s being masked by New York and New Jersey’s slow decline in cases; cases are on the rise in other areas.
- CDC guidelines for not opening up have been buried by the Trump administration, reports the AP. The report was 17-pages and was drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework.”
- Two aides close to the president have tested positive for the virus, and another three have quarantined themselves just to be safe. Trump encourages states to go back to normal, but this leaves him in jeopardy too, not just citizens.