While touring a shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Trump told a crowd that his administration has done an “incredible job” fighting the virus and added that “if we didn’t test, we wouldn’t have cases,” which ignores other indicators of the extent of the problem such as surging hospitalizations in some areas.
“We have the greatest testing program in the world,” Trump said while again refusing to wear a mask in public.
“We’ve developed it over a period of time. We’re up to almost 30 million tests,” he said. “That means we’re gonna have more cases. If we didn’t want to test or if we didn’t test we wouldn’t have cases.”
Trump offers some appallingly ignorant commentary on coronavirus: “If we didn’t wanna test, or if we didn’t test, we wouldn’t have cases. But we have cases because we test.”
This is false. Covid cases would exist even if we didn’t test for them, they would just be misdiagnosed. pic.twitter.com/YajvA6oZlL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 25, 2020
Trump remarks come just days after he admitted that he had asked officials to slow down testing for the coronavirus because it was uncovering more cases.
On Wednesday, new coronavirus cases in the United States soared to the highest single-day total — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25.
The U.S. added 36,358 new cases on Wednesday, as California, Florida and Oklahoma each reported record highs in new single-day coronavirus cases, while hospitalizations hit a new peak in Arizona, where intensive care units have quickly filled.