"I said, 'What's the 19?' COVID-19. Some people can't explain what the 19. COVID-19. I said, 'that's an odd name'," Trump told young supporters in Phoenix. "I've never seen anything like it."
There are more that 2.3 million cases and over 120,000 fatalities in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Tuesday.
DONALD TRUMP: I said it the other night. Did anybody see my speech the other night on Saturday night?
What I said the other night, there's never been anything where they have so many names. I could give you 19 or 20 names for that, right? It's got all different names. Wuhan--
--Wuhan was catching on. Coronavirus, right? Kung flu, yeah?
COVID, COVID-19, COVID. I said, what's the 19? COVID-19. Some people can't explain what the 19-- give me the-- COVID-19, I said, that's an odd name. I could give you many, many names. Some people call it the Chinese flu, the China flu, right? They call it the China as opposed to-- the China.
I've never seen anything like it. But here's the story-- we are going to be stronger than ever before, and it's going to be soon.
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