President Donald Trump attacked Columbia University for its recent study, which estimated that nearly 36,000 lives could have been saved from the pandemic if lockdowns and social distancing rules had happened one week earlier.

Trump was in an interview with Full Measure on Sunday when he was asked about the research made by the institution. 

“You know It’s a disgrace what I watch from this fake news media and from some of these liberal institutions,” Trump said in response to the study. “Columbia is a liberal, disgraceful institution to write that because all the people that they cater to were months after me, they said we shouldn’t close it.”

During the interview, Trump specifically attacked Columbia again, repeating the word “disgraceful.”


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“And I saw that report. It’s a disgrace that Columbia University would do it, playing right to their little group of people that tell them what to do,” he said.

The coronavirus deaths in the United States is nearing the 100,000 milestones.

The New York Times first reported the research from the institution on Wednesday.

The article also mentioned Trump’s Twitter post on March 9, suggesting how the COVID-19 is more or less a common flu.


“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”



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