Requested in regards to the coronavirus loss of life toll reaching 200,000 in the USA on Tuesday, President Donald Trump stated, “Effectively, I believe it’s a disgrace.”
After ignoring a query from CNN’s Nikki Carvajal on his message to the American individuals, Trump was pressed on passing the 200,000 loss of life threshold, and turned the dialog to his customary response on the virus, blaming China and saying the loss of life depend might have been a lot worse had he not taken motion.
“I believe if we didn’t do it correctly and do it proper, you’d have two and a half million deaths. For those who check out options, you may have two and a half million deaths or one thing thereabouts. You may have a quantity that will be considerably extra,” Trump advised reporters earlier than departing the White Home on Tuesday. “And also you noticed my United Nations speech, China ought to have stopped it at their border. They need to have by no means let this unfold everywhere in the world and it’s a horrible factor.”
Trump went on to say had he not closed the nation down, there might have been upwards of three million deaths.
“It’s a horrible factor. Ought to have by no means ever occurred. China let this occur and simply do not forget that,” Trump added.
Information First: It’s deceptive for Trump to say he closed the US border to journey from China and Europe as a result of each insurance policies contained a number of exemptions, together with for US residents and everlasting residents; the Europe coverage exempted whole nations. Solely international nationals who had been in China, Europe’s Schengen space, the UK or Eire inside the previous 14 days have been outright banned from getting into the US.