The White House declared Donald Trump has ‘ended the Covid-19 pandemic’ – leaving officials fuming.
The bizarre declaration was made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy yesterday.
They listed ‘ending the Covid-19 pandemic’ as one of President Trump’s major accomplishments since taking office in 2016 in a new report.
It read: “From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academic, industry, and government to understand, treat and defeat the disease.”
But officials on the White House coronavirus taskforce are reportedly upset at the claim – with one telling the Daily Beast it was “mind-boggling”.
There’s no world in which anyone can think that [statement] is true,” they added.
“Maybe the President. But I don’t see how even he can believe that.
“We have more than 70,000 new cases each day.”
At his recent rallies, the President has described the Covid-19 crisis as a “media conspiracy” – claiming TV news exaggerates the risks of the virus in order to deter people from voting.
The pandemic that has upended life across the United States this year, killing more than 227,000 people, is roaring back in the days leading up to Tuesday’s contest between Republican Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Biden holds a comfortable lead in national polls, which show a public increasingly dismayed by Trump’s handling of the largest public health crisis in U.S. living memory. Polls in battleground states that will likely decide the election are tighter than the national surveys.
At an outdoor rally in Goodyear, Arizona, outside of Phoenix, Trump continued to argue against taking stricter measures against the resurgent virus.
“Biden and the Democrat socialists will delay the vaccine, prolong the pandemic, shutter your schools and shut down our country,” Trump told the attendees, who were tightly packed together with just some wearing masks. “And your state is open right? Your state is nice and open.”