Donald Trump clearly shows his incompetence here. He believes that less testing is equivalent to having fewer coronavirus infections.
The Trump policy on COVID-19 testing?
Business Insider reported it as follows.
President Donald Trump said Monday that there would be very few cases of the coronavirus if the US stopped its testing and contact tracing.
“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, actually,” the president said during a roundtable event for seniors.
This isn’t the first time Trump has remarked on how less testing would result in fewer publicly reported cases.
“So the media likes to say we have the most cases, but we do, by far, the most testing. If we did very little testing, we wouldn’t have the most cases. So in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad,” Trump said last month during a meeting with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
“For instance, they would say we have more than China. I don’t think so. We have more than other countries. I don’t think so. But by doing all of the testing … we’re going to have more cases because we do more testing. Otherwise, you don’t know if you have a case. I think that’s a correct statement,” Trump added.
The president expressed a similar sentiment in March, telling Fox News that he didn’t want infected patients from a cruise ship to disembark because it would increase the number of reported cases in the US.
“I like the numbers being where they are,” Trump said at the time. “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”
His comment on Monday comes as multiple states across the country are seeing spikes in confirmed cases as they relax social-distancing guidelines and begin reopening their economies.
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