Just when you thought Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic couldn’t get any worse, he’s decided to slow down testing. Don’t ask…
Donald Trump has complained many times about how COVID-19 testing makes him look bad, but his actions and his justification at this point, are just laughable.
During his Tulsa rally last weekend, you know the one that was mostly empty because of the work of k-pop stans and TikTok users, Donald Trump made a bold claim regarding COVID-19 testing. He said, “Testing is a double-edged sword… Here’s the bad part. When you do testing…. you will find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”
We spoke about this Trump rally on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…
We understand that Donald Trump is threatened by the infection figures in the States, for political reasons, but the idea of pulling federal testing support, including from new Southern hot spots, is just idiotic. And yet, that’s exactly what he’s done.
Now, this isn’t the first time Donald Trump has made this argument to the public, only when that happened in the past, even the White House staff tried to downplay his remarks as a joke. But, the thing is, he wasn’t joking and he confirmed that by saying “I don’t kid.”
So now, even though the percentage of positive cases is now rising again in the States, Trump is pulling funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will pull funding from over 12 drive-through testing sites across five states at the end of June. One of those States is Texas which has become somewhat of a COVID-19 hotspot because it was largely spared in the initial months of the outbreak.
This news comes after the United States just recorded a new daily peak for new cases, with 38,672 in a single day. Honestly, we’re not sure how to react anymore.
It’s clear that Donald Trump cares about his public image more than anything else at this point. We mean, why else would he go on a 10-minute rant about walking down a ramp? Only this PR stunt, to ensure that America has less COVID-19 cases on paper, is actually putting more lives at risk.
But, we’re not surprised. Remember in March when Donald Trump was reluctant to let in a cruise ship with infected passengers because he “like(d) the numbers being where they (were).” The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has reached nearly 125,000.
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