President Trump on Monday falsely claimed that the United States and Germany “are the two best in deaths per 100,000 people.”
“I think one of the things we are most proud of is – this just came out – deaths per 100,000 people,” Trump said during a coronavirus press briefing this afternoon in the White House Rose Garden. “Death. So deaths per 100,000 people. Germany and the United States are at the lowest rung on that ladder.”
“Meaning low as a positive not a negative,” he explained. “Germany and the United States are the two best in deaths per 100,000 people. Which frankly to me that’s perhaps the most important number there is.”
Trump says one of the things he's most "proud" of is that "Germany and the United States are the two bests in deaths per 100,000 people." pic.twitter.com/P8gP8SIT0Z
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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson called out Trump’s lie on MSNBC, noting that the U.S. is “not doing very well compared with a lot of other countries.”
“First, I need to point out another big lie that the president told today, he said that, in terms of deaths per capita, the United States and Germany were the great stars and were doing better than anybody else,” Robinson said, fact-checking the president’s lie.
“It is true that Germany is doing very well in terms of deaths per capita but the United States is not doing particularly well, not as badly as Spain or Italy, but not doing very well compared with a lot of other countries,” he added.