(RightWingAmericans.Com)- President Donald Trump is doubling down on China, making it clear that the United States does not believe the official coronavirus infection or death numbers coming out of the communist country. During a Thursday White House briefing, the president criticized China’s attempt to cover up the virus and said his administration has no reason to believe the information they’re releasing today.
“You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” he said.
Trump also answered questions about the coronavirus numbers in the United States, specifically the figures showing that the USA now has more confirmed cases than in China. President Trump referred to the huge testing campaign that is happening right now, saying it signals success in tackling the virus and that the United States is up to the job.
“I’m sure you’re not able to tell what China is testing or not testing,” he said. “I think that’s a little hard.”
President Trump’s comments were backed up by Dr. Deborah Birx, the Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Responding to questions, Dr. Birx explained the flaws with current predictions models.
“The predictions of the models don’t match the reality on the ground in either China, South Korea, or Italy,” she said. “We’re about five times the size of Italy. If we were Italy, and you did those divisions, Italy should have close to 400k deaths. They’re not close to achieving that,” she added.
“The predictions of the models don’t match the reality on the ground in either China, South Korea, or Italy.
We’re about 5x the size of Italy. If we were Italy, and you did those divisions, Italy should have close to 400k deaths. They’re not close to achieving that.” – Dr. Birx pic.twitter.com/McUtDyUkb1
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 26, 2020
The president revealed during the press conference that, despite efforts by Chinese media outlets and state representatives to blame the United States for the outbreak, he is planning to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping over the phone on Thursday night. That conversation since took place.
Reporters also pressed the president over his continued use of the term “Chinese virus.” Left-wing media outlets have taken to criticizing the president lately over his use of the term, despite it being entirely accurate.
“I talk about the Chinese virus, and I mean it, that’s where it came from,” Trump responded. “This was a Chinese virus. But I don’t have to say it if they feel so strongly about it. We’ll see.”
That sounds like a bargaining chip he’s planning on using with China, to me!