Nevertheless, the president downplayed those numbers and continued proclaiming his administration’s response as a success. He clung to very narrow — and misleading — statistics in an effort to prove his point to Axios’ Jonathan Swan.
Trump kept citing a decreasing death rate among the total tests, while Swan stuck to the more informative and damning toll as represented by the proportion of the nation’s population.
“That’s where the U.S. is really bad,” Swan said. “Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”
“You can’t do that,” Trump retorted.
“Why can’t I do that?” the host asked, noting that it is “surely a relevant statistic to say if the U.S. has X population and X percentage of death of that population vs. South Korea.”
While Trump at one point acknowledged the widespread death caused by COVID-19, he offered little consolation or compassion for those mourning and afraid.
“They are dying, that’s true,” he stated. “And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague.”