דונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומה
U.S. President Donald Trump during the rally in Tulsa
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U.S. President Donald Trump during the rally in Tulsa

Trump suggests U.S. slows virus testing to avoid bad statistics

In his first rally since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, the president also takes aim at racial justice protesters, saying, 'left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history'; Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden said Trump was 'putting politics ahead of the safety of the American people'

Associated Press , Reuters |
Published: 06.21.20 , 08:16
U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19.
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  • Trump told supporters at his campaign rally that the U.S. has tested 25 million people, far more than any other country.
    דונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומהדונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומה
    U.S. President Donald Trump during the rally in Tulsa
    (Photo: AP)
    The “bad part,” Trump said, is that widespread testing leads to logging more cases of the virus.“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’ They test and they test.”
    The president also used his speech to take aim at some of the protesters during recent racial justice rallies across the U.S..
    "The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments - our beautiful monuments - tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control. We're not conforming," Trump told cheering supporters.
    דונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומהדונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומה
    The stadium where the rally took place
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    The campaign of likely Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, said Trump was putting politics ahead of the safety and health of Americans.
    Trump opted to hold his first rally in 110 days despite concerns from local health officials that it could lead to further spread of the virus in Tulsa. Most of those in attendance declined to wear a mask.
    דונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומהדונלד טראמפ עצרת קמפיין בחירות טולסה אוקלהומה
    U.S. President Donald Trump during the rally in Tulsa
    (Photo: AP)
    “In an outrageous moment that will be remembered long after tonight’s debacle of a rally, President Trump just admitted that he’s putting politics ahead of the safety and economic well-being of the American people — even as we just recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost two months and 20 million workers remain out of work,” according to the Biden campaign’s statement.
    The outbreak has killed about 120,000 people in the U.S., and nearly a half-million worldwide, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, though the real numbers are believed to be higher.
    The number of newly confirmed cases per day has risen from about 21,400 two weeks ago to 23,200, according to an Associated Press analysis. And in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona — states that loosened their stay-at-home restrictions early — daily deaths have been quietly rising since early June.
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    The crowd at the Tulsa rally
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    “This virus has killed nearly 120,000 Americans and cost tens of millions their jobs, in large part because this president could not and would not mobilize testing as quickly as we needed it,” according to the Biden campaign statement. “To hear him say tonight that he has ordered testing slowed — a transparent attempt to make the numbers look better — is appalling.”
    Rising case numbers can partially be explained by the wider availability of testing. Mild cases, previously undetected because of limits on who could be tested, are now showing up in the numbers.

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