President Trump on Monday defended the nation’s coronavirus testing record and rising case numbers.
DONALD TRUMP: Well, you know that we have one of the lowest mortality rates anywhere. If you know Biden and Obama stopped their testing– they just stopped it. You probably know that. I’m sure you don’t want to report it.
But they stopped testing. Right in the middle, they just want, no more testing, and on a much lesser problem than the problem that we have, obviously, with respect to– this is the worst thing that’s happened since probably 1917. This is a very bad– all over the world. It’s 188 countries right now.
But now we are– we test more than anybody by far. And when you test, you create cases. So we’ve created cases.
I can tell you some countries, they test when somebody walks into a hospital sick or walks into maybe a doctor’s office, but usually a hospital. That’s the testing they do, so they don’t have cases, whereas we do. We have all of these cases.
So you know, it’s a double edged sword. At the same time, we have the lowest mortality or just about the lowest mortality in the world. We’re doing a great job. We’re doing very well with vaccines, and we’re doing very, very well with therapeutics, and I think we’re going to have some very good information coming out soon.
But we have the best and certainly the biggest, by far the biggest testing program anywhere in the world. If you tested China or Russia or any of the larger countries, of you tested India, as an example, the way we test, you’d see numbers that would be very surprising. Brazil, too. You know, Brazil is going through a big problem, but they don’t do testing like we do.
So we do the testing, and by doing the testing, we have tremendous numbers of cases. If we didn’t do the– as an example, we’ve done 45 million tests. If we did half that number, you’d have half the cases, probably, around that number. If we did another half of that, you’d have half the numbers. Everyone would be saying, oh, we’re doing so well on cases.
But when I see it reported– and [? tonight ?] you can check me out on this– I mean, they always talk about– they’re always talking about cases, the number of cases. Well, it is a big factor that we do– we have a lot of cases, because we have a lot of testing, far more than any other country in the world. And it’s also the best testing.