WASHINGTON D.C. — (07-15-20) — President Trump defended retweeting a claim made by a former game show host that the CDC, doctors, and the media are lying about the COVID-19 pandemic. In his view, the overriding sentiment among the public is that COVID-19 testing is “a trap.”
One has to wonder what “Trap” president Trump is referring too but unfortunately, CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge did bother doing a follow up to ask “What Trap”.
Speaking with Catherine Herridge, the president stood behind his Monday morning retweet of former game show host Chuck Woolery — who claimed that “everyone” is lying about the virus for political purposes.
“The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” Woolery wrote. “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election.” said Trump.
Herridge asked the president about the mixed messaging resulting from his retweet.
“You understand this is confusing for the public,” said Herridge.
“No,” replied Trump, interjecting…“Who do they believe?” said Herridge. “You, or the medical professionals like Dr. [Anthony] Fauci?”
“I re-posted a tweet that a lot of people feel,” said Trump. “But all I’m doing is making a comment. I’m just putting somebody’s voice out there. There are many voices. There are many people that think we shouldn’t do this kind of testing, because all we do, it’s a trap.”
Trump did not explicitly say that he agreed with what he deems to be the public view that testing is a trap, but also did not say that he disagreed.
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Trump has repeatedly asserted that increased testing has been detrimental because it has resulted in more positives cases being reported.
At a rally on June 20, he told the crowd, “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please!’” said Trump.
Days later, Trump claimed his remarks at the Tulsa rally were “semi-tongue-in-cheek,” and denied that he ordered testing to be slowed.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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