WHITE HOUSE CLAIMS VICTORY OVER COVID, THEN DENIES IT
The Trump administration triumphantly declared victory over the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, one week before the 2020 election and with COVID-19 cases surging across the country, but walked back on the same claim hours later, wrote Chris D’Angelo of HuffPost.
The lie came in a news release on a new 62-page report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy listing what it claims are the scientific and technological accomplishments during President Donald Trump’s first term, with a quote from Ivanka Trump. It bragged: “From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”
However, the White House on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) walked back its claim that “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” is among the biggest scientific accomplishments of Trump’s first term in office. Asked during a Fox News interview if the Trump administration believes the coronavirus has in fact been defeated, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah said: “No, absolutely not.” She added, “I think that was poorly worded,” Farah said of the press release from Tuesday. She went on to parrot Trump’s false claim that the U.S. is “rounding the corner” on the coronavirus and acknowledge that “cases are still rising.”
The pandemic is far from over. It is raging from coast to coast, thanks in no small part to the Trump administration’s mishandled response. A recent report from Columbia University estimates that the “abject failures” of government agencies under Trump resulted in between 130,000 and 210,000 avoidable deaths attributable to COVID-19. As of Tuesday (Wednesday, October 28, 2020 in Manila), the disease’s US fatality toll topped 226,000 and the nation is averaging more than 70,000 new cases per day.