Donald Trump Jr. Dismisses COVID-19 Death Toll: ‘The Number Is Almost Nothing’
On Thursday, President Donald Trump‘s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. claimed that the number of Americans dying from the coronavirus is “almost nothing.”
Donald Trump Jr. made the comments on Fox News host Laura Ingraham‘s show, seemingly downplay the danger and long-lasting effects of COVID-19.
“The reality is this: If you look, I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago, because I went through the CDC data, because I kept hearing about new infections,” he said. “But I was like, ‘Well, why aren’t they talking about deaths?’ Oh, oh, because the number is almost nothing. Because we’ve gotten control of this, and we understand how it works.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s remarks resembled those of the president’s recent tweets.
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted, “More Testing equals more Cases. We have best testing. Deaths WAY DOWN.”
More Testing equals more Cases. We have best testing. Deaths WAY DOWN. Hospitals have great additional capacity! Doing much better than Europe. Therapeutics working!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2020
Despite the president’s reassurance that the pandemic is coming to an end, public health experts have predicted a higher death toll during the fall and winter months.