President Donald Trump again bragged about his coronavirus response by posting misleading statistics.
The president questioned the World Health Organization's estimated 3.4 percent death rate from COVID-19 during an interview Wednesday night on Sean Hannity's Fox News program, and he offered additional fudged statistics the following morning on his Twitter feed.
"With approximately 100,000 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and 3,280 deaths, the United States, because of quick action on closing our borders, has, as of now, only 129 cases (40 Americans brought in) and 11 deaths," Trump claimed. "We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!"
With approximately 100,000 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and 3,280 deaths, the United States, because of quick actio… https://t.co/Jynq2kXGS5— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1583426061.0
Trump's claims were quickly fact-checked by other social media users.
@realDonaldTrump by not testing.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger) 1583426848.0
The "(40 Americans brought in)" is what makes this art. WE'D BE DOING EVEN BETTER IF NOT FOR YOUR LEADER'S BENEFICE… https://t.co/I9cPNSYlH3— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum) 1583426748.0
@glamelegance @realDonaldTrump We are potentially dealing with hundreds if not thousands of cases up here in the PN… https://t.co/vYnzJjCY2W— Alan Ege (@Alan Ege) 1583426460.0
@realDonaldTrump You didn’t close the border. Why do you keep saying that? You barred non-Americans from coming in… https://t.co/ejvSJcBqhP— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy) 1583426305.0
@realDonaldTrump It’s 162 cases in the US, but thanks for playing. https://t.co/NxBSNj7oLn— Santa Claus, CEO (@Santa Claus, CEO) 1583426156.0
@realDonaldTrump You know this is a lie. Unless the fatality rate is now 9%, we know that 11 deaths would be associ… https://t.co/68Izwcj9Ol— Christopher Wood (@Christopher Wood) 1583426644.0
@realDonaldTrump No fucking way your dumb ass wrote this.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski) 1583426124.0
@realDonaldTrump When you don't test people, the number of known cases remains low. But, you get more cases over th… https://t.co/KusY2M3Q6w— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild) 1583426350.0
@realDonaldTrump The US only has over 150 confirmed cases because we are not testing people with symptoms. You ar… https://t.co/47GUixC528— Liddle’ Savage (@Liddle’ Savage) 1583426413.0
@realDonaldTrump @LiveSquawk NO TESTING NO PROBLEM. 😷— tommyrulznyc (@tommyrulznyc) 1583426227.0