President Trump attacked the media for indicating that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China.
“Fake news gets out there & they start talking about the US as number one”, Trump said, “China is number one by a lot. It’s not even close. They’re way ahead of us in terms of death”.
“You know it. I know it”, Trump stated, “But you don’t want to report it!”
As the Coronavirus task force response coordinator demonstrated a chart of coronavirus fatalities registered around the world, Trump interrupted her, disputing the death toll in China and Iran. Trump asked if anybody believed the numbers, pointing at China and Iran, and added that “we saw more [body] bags on television than that”.
— Len Khodorkovsky (@MessageFromLen) April 19, 2020
According to the US president, if China was knowingly responsible for the spread of COVID-19, it should face consequences.