TRUMP TELLS SMALL TULSA RALLY HE WANTED COVID TESTS SLOWED DOWN
In a shocking admission during his sparsely-attended Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila), President Donald Trump said he had told officials in his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because of the rising number of cases in America, and used a racist term to describe the coronavirus, Maeve Reston reported for CNN on June 21. 2020.
"You know testing is a double-edged sword," Trump said while complaining about media coverage of his handling of the virus. He said that the US has now tested some 25 million people. "Here's the bad part... 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."
At another point during the rally, he said COVID-19 has more names than any other disease: "I can name Kung Flu," he said using the racist term, "I can name 19 different versions of them."
Trump's revelation was shocking given that nearly 120,000 people have died in the US from the coronavirus and medical experts have long said that testing is critical to identifying cases, tracing them and stopping the spread of the virus. After Trump made the comment, an administration official told CNN that the president was "obviously kidding" but no one took this spin seriously and Democratic organizations are now racing to get this comment into as many ads as possible, operatives from multiple Democratic super PACs tell CNN.