The U.S. surpassed 250,000 coronavirus deaths this week and President Donald Trump has remained silent on the matter, aside from sending a number of tweets to take credit score for the speedy growth of a number of vaccines.
On Wednesday, when Johns Hopkins College recorded the grim milestone, Trump didn’t tweet a single factor concerning the pandemic. As an alternative, he centered his vitality on pushing baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.
Trump continued to unfold unsubstantiated conspiracy theories concerning the election Thursday, with a pair tweets sprinkled in praising “COVID DRUGS” and “VACCINES.”
“Mortality fee is 85% down!” Trump tweeted, failing to say surging an infection charges, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the nation. Public well being consultants, together with officers in his personal administration, have warned for weeks that the winter will possible see a drastic bounce in COVID-19 circumstances and deaths.
However Trump has seemingly tuned out the nightmarish predictions. Once they’ve addressed the pandemic, his tweets in current days have praised his dealing with of the virus ― which has been broadly panned by many medical consultants ― and bashed different nations.
“One other vaccine simply introduced,” Trump tweeted Monday, referring to a vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Moderna. “For these nice ‘historians,’ please do not forget that these nice discoveries, which can finish the China Plague, all came about on my depend!”
“European International locations are sadly getting clobbered by the China Virus,” the president tweeted later that day. “The Pretend Information doesn’t like reporting this!”
As of Thursday, the U.S. continued to steer the world in recorded COVID-19 infections and deaths, with greater than 11.5 million reported circumstances. The U.S. noticed its highest dying toll in additional than six months on Tuesday, with no less than 1,700 fatalities.
America’s disastrous mortality statistics are the direct results of political choices by the nation’s leaders. Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong, among the many most densely populated locations on the planet, have had vanishingly small outbreaks and are actually returning to pre-coronavirus actions.
Trump’s allies, together with his son Eric Trump, baselessly claimed Democrats and the media would cease specializing in the pandemic after Election Day.
On Nov. 6, a couple of days after Election Day, Trump retweeted conservative commentator Paul Sperry’s spurious assault on CNN for ending its protection of the “supposed” coronavirus disaster. (The community has completed no such factor.)
“Humorous how CNN has all of the sudden stopped its ‘COVID-COVID-COVID!’ drumbeat, isn’t it?” Sperry wrote in a tweet that the president subsequently shared together with his greater than 85 million Twitter followers. “Arent we nonetheless in the midst of a supposed nationwide health-care emergency, CNN?”
However, in actual fact, it’s Trump and a few of his Republican allies who’ve retreated from discussing it. Trump hasn’t held a coronavirus information briefing in months.
Final week, he delivered a speech from the White Home Rose Backyard touting his administration’s partnership with firms to develop COVID-19 therapies and vaccines.
“No medical breakthrough of this scope and magnitude has ever been achieved this quickly, this shortly, and we’re very pleased with it,” Trump stated, earlier than thanking navy leaders and White Home aides for his or her assist.
He didn’t thank the scientists who’ve been working to develop the vaccines or the well being care professionals serving on the frontlines of the pandemic.
“For those who had a unique administration with totally different folks, what we’ve completed would have taken, for my part, three, 4, 5 years,” the president added.
The White Home issued a press launch on Tuesday reporting that its coronavirus job drive met with governors and state officers a day earlier to debate response and restoration efforts. Trump, nevertheless, hasn’t attended a job drive assembly in “no less than 5 months,” a senior administration official advised The Washington Submit final week.
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