In a jaw-dropping interview with AXIOS’s Jonathan Swan on Monday, the president handed the reporter a series of charts and graphs that claimed to show America is ‘lower than the world” for Covid-19’
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Donald Trump has claimed America has had the best performance in tackling coronavirus in the world despite suffering at least 154,000 deaths.
In a jaw-dropping interview with AXIOS’s Jonathan Swan on Monday, the president handed the reporter a series of charts and graphsthat claimed to show America is “lower than the world” for Covid-19.
He also appeared to suggest that South Korea, which has experienced just 300 deaths may be fiddling their statistics when confronted with the contrast in mortality rates between the two countries.
Mr Swan clarifies he was asking about death as a proportion of population, not death as a proportion of cases.
“You have to go by where – look, here is the United States,” Mr Trump said brandishing a chart, “you have to go by the cases.”
“What it says is that when you have someone where there’s a case, the people that live from those cases,” Trump said.
Mr Swan replied that it’s “surely relevant” to consider the statistics involving the number of deaths compared to a country’s population.
It was then that Mr Trump seemed to suggest that South Korea, which has a population of 51million, but only 300 coronavirus deaths were fiddling their stats.
Asked if he thought they were faking the numbers he added: “I won’t get into that because we have a very good relationship with the country. But you don’t know that. And they have spikes.”
Mr Trump also protested that he does not get enough credit for the amount of testing the US does.
News – Trump claims US virus response better than South Korea despite 154k deaths