It’s a big weekend for President Donald Trump, as he will be holding his first rally since the U.S. began shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And ahead of the campaign event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made false claims about the coronavirus.
Trump sought to downplay the numbers associated with the impact of COVID-19 in the United States — more than 2 million confirmed cases and nearly 120,000 lives lost — by arguing that the soaring national count was simply the result of superior testing.
It’s a talking point the administration is emphasizing. Pence repeated it during a phone call to Republican governors that evening, recommending they use the argument to quiet public concern about surging case tallies in some states. It’s also a variation on a tweet the president sent earlier in the day.
With that in mind, PolitiFact wanted to dig deeper. We reached out to the White House for comment or clarification, but we never heard back. Independent researchers told us, though, that the president’s remarks are not only misleading — they’re also counterproductive in terms of thinking through what’s needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
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