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Trump Misidentifies First U.S. Coronavirus Fatality, Calling Deceased Man A ‘Wonderful Woman’


Trump Misidentifies First U.S. Coronavirus Fatality, Calling Deceased Man A ‘Wonderful Woman’

President Trump on Saturday misidentified the nation’s first COVID-19 coronavirus fatality as a “wonderful woman” on Saturday — but the victim was actually a man who became ill while in a long-term care facility in Kirkland, Washington, officials said.

The patient, who died overnight Friday, was a man with “an underlying health condition,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, a public health officer for Seattle and King County, told reporters.

Trump, at a press conference at the White House, described the victim was “a medically high-risk patient in her late 50s,” adding that she was “a wonderful woman.”

The state’s governor had earlier identified the person as a man in a press release.

The deceased patient may be part of an outbreak centered at the facility, where at least one additional patient, a woman, and a health care worker have also tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We’re in the beginning stages of our investigation” into a potential outbreak, he said.

Separately, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over coronavirus. “This will allow us to get the resources we need,” he said in a statement.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow blasted the president for misidentifying the “1st US coronavirus death.” She tweeted: “I admit to being stuck on the fact that the President just convened reporters to announce the 1st US coronavirus death, a man in his 50s in Washington State. The president said ‘She was a wonderful woman.’ This is ridiculous. Just stop. Stop talking. Let the scientists talk.”


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