Trump Says That Most Of The Country Has No Problem
During a White House briefing on 23rd of July, 2020, Trump commented, “a lot of the country has no problem whatsoever — most of the country actually.” He continued to say, “It happens quickly. And it goes away and it goes away quickly. The country is in very good shape other than if you look South and West.”, referring to the Coronavirus outbreak in the states of the US. Soon, these comments were picked up by several media outlets who stated that the outbreak was across the United States and is a grave national concern.
Statistics show that while some states are more impacted than the others, there are a few states that once looked good are now on the way of becoming hotspots. None of the states, however, are recovering quickly contrary to Trump’s remarks.
While Trump remarks suggest that areas beyond South and West are in a good shape, a report released by the Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator – Dr. Deborah Birx suggests that the cases were rising in at least 12 major cities, none of which are in South and West zones. She said, “There are cities that are lagging behind and we have new increases in Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Jose, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Baltimore, so we're tracking this very closely.”
With a country that has more than 3.5 million people tested positive and over 135,000 deaths, conditions are far from “having no problem at all”. While the growth of these cases slowed down during the late Spring, the pace picked up soon after and the graph shows an inclination in cases nationwide. These facts go in contrast to the virus “going away quickly.”
- NPR.org:CORONAVIRUS BY THE NUMBERS Tracking The Pandemic: Are Coronavirus Cases Rising Or Falling In Your State?
- White House:Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing
- Keyt.com:Fact check: Trump continues to dishonestly downplay the pandemic
- CNN:Birx warns of concerning rise in coronavirus cases in 12 cities as Trump paints a rosy picture