At a White House event on aiding seniors during the pandemic, President Donald Trump praised his administration, saying that U.S. death totals from the novel coronavirus are “very, very strong,” reports The Week. The United States has the highest number of reported deaths from COVID-19 in the world.
"Our death totals, our numbers per million people, are really very, very strong. We're very proud of the job we've done."
Per million people, the United States lands somewhere in the middle compared to other countries, though the country claims to be a world leader and president Trump is adamant his administration had the best response to the pandemic overall.
"We've been hearing similar rhetoric from the White House for a while," Philip Bump writes at The Washington Post. But "the back of the mountain doesn't look the way the front did. We saw a steady, exponential rise in confirmed cases and deaths each day for several weeks. But particularly with daily case totals, the period after the peak nationally has looked more like a plateau than a downward slide."
The commentary from the White House is echoed by everyone close to Trump; his administration seems to live in another reality than the rest of the country:
"We're on the other side of the medical aspect of this, and I think we've achieved all the different milestones that are needed," Jared Kushner, White House advisor and son-in-law to Trump, told Fox & Friends. "So the federal government rose to the challenge and this is a great success story."