President Donald Trump on Saturday spoke for 101 minutes during a campaign rally in Tulsa.
There was one line in the speech that stood out.
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘slow the testing down,'” Trump said.
It was quickly suggested that Trump's line would be seen in campaign ads.
"A thousand Democratic ad makers just grinned from ear to ear," former Obama campaign staffer Tim Fullerton posted on Twitter.
The Lincoln Project, which has been producing hard-hitting ads against the president, also noticed the admission.
"Trump just admitted that he told his team to slow down the testing," the group noted.
Here's what others were saying about Trump's statement on COVID-19 testing:
Trump tonight: “When you do testing to that extent, you are gonna find more people, you’re gonna find more cases. S… https://t.co/bD8RBDTJP4— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1592701977.0
! Trump says testing is a "double-edged sword" because you find even lots of minor cases, then adds, "I said to my… https://t.co/lCIXg4giNd— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1592699725.0
I'm not a doctor or lawyer, but it sure seems like a "president" admitting he intentionally slowed down testing of… https://t.co/nnGbqEgumm— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1592703201.0
Trump just told the crowd in Tulsa that he told his Administration to “slow the testing down, please” so the corona… https://t.co/0duAkZdeKp— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1592700773.0
Testing is the only way to know how widespread the coronavirus is, which is the only way to plan an effective respo… https://t.co/8ppIRfLNfM— Eric Geller (@Eric Geller)1592702285.0
Trump admitted to his rally audience tonight that he told his team to slow down COVID-19 testing for the American p… https://t.co/chpCaAM80Y— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@Evan McMullin 🇺🇸)1592700215.0
My god. Trump just admitted that he intentionally slowed down coronavirus testing in order to keep the numbers down… https://t.co/Ux3lzDH6tv— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈)1592700593.0
If this is true, Americans are dying because of it. https://t.co/fjiFwoHegp— Jon Cryer (@Jon Cryer)1592701863.0
@Acyn This was Trump's strategy all along: NO TESTING = NO CASES That he is now admitting it on national TV is cr… https://t.co/IqZaoas83g— MURRAY🧢🇺🇸 (@MURRAY🧢🇺🇸)1592700015.0
Here's the clip of Trump admitting he called for slowing down the testing. You will DEFINITELY be seeing this clip… https://t.co/mWH6tKPoDh— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1592699919.0