Donald Trump: US having most coronavirus cases is ‘badge of honour’

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Donald Trump has said the number of coronavirus cases in the US is a “badge of honour”, saying it reflected the country’s success in testing.

At a cabinet meeting yesterday the president defended the fact that the US has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, with 1.5 million confirmed.

He said: “When you say that we lead in cases, that’s because we have more testing than anybody else…if you’re testing 14 million people, you’re going to find many more cases.

“So when we have a lot of cases I don’t look at that as a bad thing. I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.

“I view it as a badge of honour, it’s a great tribute to the testing and all of the work that a lot of professionals have done.”

However, the US testing strategy has been criticised. Republican senator Mitt Romney said at a Senate meeting last week that it was “nothing to celebrate whatsoever” because the country had “treaded water” earlier in the year.

The US has seen almost 92,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number in the world, according to John Hopkins University.

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