During an interview with Chris Wallace in Fox News Sunday, President Trump tried to deny America’s high coronavirus death toll, refusing to believe Wallace’s data that shows the U.S. to have the seventh highest death toll in the world.
When Wallace questioned Trump on the surge in virus cases and hospitalizations, Trump insisted that it’s due to just “burning embers” and increased testing.
“That’s because we have great testing, because we have the best testing in the world. If we didn’t test, you wouldn’t be able to show that chart,” Trump said. “If we tested half as much, those numbers would be down.”
“Why don’t they talk about Mexico?” Trump continued. “Which is not helping us. And all I can say is thank God I built most of the wall because if I didn’t have a wall up we would have a much bigger problem with Mexico.”
That’s when Wallace brought up the fact that the U.S. has the seventh highest mortality rate in the world. Trump responded by falsely claiming that America has among the lowest fatality rate and asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to bring him a document to prove him right. When he accused Wallace of being “fake news.” Wallace inserted a segment showing a graphic that explained how Trump data was misleading.
“I can tell you the death chart is 1,000 cases a day,” Wallace later told Trump.
“Excuse me, it’s all too much, it shouldn’t be one case,” Trump retorted. “It came from China, they should have never let it escape, they should have never let it out but it is what it is.”
Watch the full interview over at Fox News.
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