In a new interview between President Donald Trump and Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, Trump used questionable data to argue that the United States is doing the "best" in terms of coronavirus management.
While Swan attempted to point out the data on deaths as a proportion of the population, Trump replied that he "can't do that."
To date, there are more than 4.7 million COVID-19 cases in the United States, with the number of deaths approaching 160,000; case numbers have recently been surging in many states as regions continue with their reopenings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through the United States, causing an unprecedented health crisis as more than 4.7 million have become infected and the number of people who have fallen to the virus is approaching 160,000, according to a daily tracker curated by The New York Times.
Now, as states forge ahead with their reopenings, case rates have begun to surge again in many areas throughout the country, including New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, and Hawaii. But despite the concerning numbers, President Donald Trump continues to insist that the United States is somehow winning.
In a recent interview between Trump and Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, Trump argued that the country is actually doing the "best" in terms of coronavirus management compared to other countries around the world.
As Swan attempted to explain that the COVID-19-related deaths are beginning to increase in the country again, Trump pulled out some loose-leaf sheets of paper to ostensibly prove his point.
"Right here, the United States is lowest in numerous categories," Trump said, reading from a chart. "We're lower than the world."
"'Lower than the world,'" repeated Swan. "What does that mean?"
.@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”@realdonaldtrump: “You can’t do that.”
Swan: “Why can’t I do that?” pic.twitter.com/MStySfkV39
— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020
Trump handed him a sheet of paper, which Swan scrutinized for a moment before saying, "Oh, you're doing death as a proportion of cases. I'm talking about death as a proportion of population. That's where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc." While the U.S. daily positivity rate currently stands at 7.13, percent, or over 22,000 daily confirmed cases on average, South Korea experiences a daily positivity rate at 1.02 percent, or 75 daily cases, according to research conducted by John Hopkins University. Germany also has a 1.95 percent daily positivity rate, with 1,120 daily cases.
Still, Trump responded, "You can't do that."
Swan challenged Trump, continuously asking why he can't use death as a proportion of population, to which Trump readily ignored the inquiry.
The clipped interview has been viewed more than 21 million times on Twitter, and users have some strong opinions about Trump's answers. Below, some of the best reactions to this bizarre presidential interview.
— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) August 4, 2020
Jonathan Swan: A thousand Americans are dying a day.
Trump: It is what it is.pic.twitter.com/PGWgfKkLDc
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 4, 2020
Trump's latest interview vs monty python parrot sketch pic.twitter.com/GKlpNF4ffB
— Darren Dutton (@Darren_Dutton) August 4, 2020
— brendan mcsomething (@brendanmc84) August 4, 2020
Me explaining why the premiere of Survivor in 2000 had a butterfly effect on all reality television and politics for decades to come pic.twitter.com/NaF5UJ4znJ
— Washington Post TikTok Guy (@davejorgenson) August 4, 2020
Yes, this is like a scene from Veep. Except on Veep this scene would have been re-written after the table read, because a president being this stupid is too gaggy and unrealistic. https://t.co/GH7lnUCuCc
— Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) August 4, 2020
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