Trump: ‘Fake News’ not reporting ‘big China Virus breakouts all over the World’
President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused the press of failing to report coronavirus outbreaks in other nations as cases surge in the U.S.
“Big China Virus breakouts all over the World, including nations which were thought to have done a great job,” the president tweeted.
“The Fake News doesn’t report this,” he added. “USA will be stronger than ever before, and soon!”
Big China Virus breakouts all over the World, including nations which were thought to have done a great job. The Fake News doesn’t report this. USA will be stronger than ever before, and soon! https://t.co/pZwjvgmVTO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2020
Trump linked to coverage of a state of disaster being declared in Victoria, Australia, due to a resurgence of the virus. Victoria reported 671 new cases of the virus and seven deaths on Sunday. Australia overall has seen more than 18,000 cases and more than 200 deaths, compared with the U.S.’s 4.71 million cases and 157,000 deaths, the most of any country.
The Associated Press also reported on Sunday that 54,735 new cases were reported in India, 5,032 in the Philippines and 1,540 in Japan.
Trump’s tweet comes the day after he publicly contradicted Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on the reason for the increased number of cases in the U.S.
“Wrong!” Trump tweeted Saturday in response to Fauci’s testimony on Friday that the U.S. had greater case numbers because of lighter lockdowns.
“We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000,” Trump added. “If we tested less, there would be less cases.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed the high numbers in the U.S. are the result of more testing, but the positivity rate has remained high as well, averaging 8 percent over the past seven days, according to Johns Hopkins University.
This report was updated at 11:25 a.m.