(Liberty Bell) – Over the weekend, President Donald Trump held his first official campaign rally to kickoff the 2020 campaign season.
Of course, it was quite late for him to do so, but the whole nation has been on virtual lockdown since March, in no small part thanks to the quick response his administration had to the threat of the novel coronavirus.
In the course of many typically Trumpian quips and jokes, the president commented that our nation’s coronavirus testing numbers, and subsequent cases, were so high, that he’d asked his people to slow the testing down so the number of confirmed cases wouldn’t be so high.
Anyone who was watching could easily guess he was joking, but because this is the era of virulent, anti-Trump media coverage, naturally, the MSM pounced.
Now, the fact that coronavirus cases increase as testing increases is something worth pondering, as well. The more confirmed cases without corresponding increased deaths from the virus, the lower our national death rate becomes.
The United State’s coronavirus testing programs are the best and most impressive in the world, and this is thanks to the Trump administration’s efforts.
He’s got some of the best minds in the country working to defeat this crisis.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, however controversial, is one of these minds. And while many of the decisions he’s made and the direction he’s given to the White House has attracted quite a lot of criticism, this time around, he’s setting the record straight about Trump’s comments in Tulsa.
WUSA 9 reports:
American infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says neither he nor any members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have been asked to slow down testing.
The question arose after U.S. President Donald Trump said at a weekend political rally in Oklahoma that he’d asked his aides to slow down testing because it was turning up too many positive cases.
White House officials insisted the president had been joking. Trump said Tuesday that he wasn’t kidding when he said it.
Other top health officials also told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday that nobody has asked them to slow down testing.
“We will be doing more testing,” Fauci told a House committee.
The U.S. has tested more than 27 million people, with about 2.3 million – or 8.4% — testing positive.