President Donald Trump boasted on Monday that his administration was doing an “amazing job” battling COVID-19, even as America leads the world in loss of lives to the pandemic. When he was challenged, he snapped at “fake news CNN.”
“We’ve done an amazing job with ventilators,” Trump told journalists. “Ventilators are very hard, very expensive, very hard to make, very complex.”
That’s when CNN reporter Jim Acosta interjected: “But why does the U.S. have so many deaths? The U.S. has so many death compared to so many countries around the world.”
Trump cut him off. “Fake news CNN, hold it,” he said.
He never addressed the numbers throughout the rest of his comments.
The reporter told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he still can’t believe the president tried to put a positive spin on the coronavirus death rate in the U.S., where more than 158,000 have died from the pandemic.
“I just found this, you know, as a matter of history and this moment stunning,” Swan added. “You have the president of the United States denying what is in front of him, which is a death count that when you look at it and you match it up against other advanced countries, it cannot in ANY way be described as a good outcome, but that’s exactly what he’s trying to do. It’s applying salesmanship that works in the worlds of real estate and reality television to the worst pandemic in the century.”
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