- President Donald Trump said in a new interview that there are too many tests for corona virus.
- When asked where he got his information from, Trump told Axios reporter Jonathan Swan to "read the manuals" and "read the books."
- The president often praises the fact that he praises the expanded testing capabilities in the United States and claims that tests are "overrated" and the country "looks bad".
- He also incorrectly said that the United States has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world because it does more testing than any other country.
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President Donald Trump said in a new interview that there are too many tests for corona virus. When asked where he got his information from, the President said he should "read the manuals" and "read the books."
"You know there are people who say you can test too much," Trump told Axios reporter Jonathan Swan in an interview that is scheduled to air Monday night. "Do you know that?"
"Who says that?" Swan asked.
"Oh, just read the manuals," replied the president. "Read the books."
"Instructions?" Swan squeezed. "What manuals."
"Read the books, read the books," Trump repeated.
Preview the exchange below:
– Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 31, 2020
The President has repeatedly made praises for expanding coronavirus testing in the United States and claiming that the tests are "overrated" and "make the country look bad".
He also incorrectly claimed that the United States has the worst outbreak in the world because it does more testing and contact tracking than any other country.
"Please tell Congressman Clyburn, who has no idea that the table he creates contains more CASES for the United States than for Europe because we do MUCH MORE tests than any other country in the world," Trump tweeted during a Friday morning Hearing of the House Subcommittee on the Dissemination of COVID-19.
Trump's tweet came after South Carolina MP Jim Clyburn, who chairs the subcommittee, displayed a table showing the rise in new cases in the US compared to new cases in Europe.
The President repeated this claim at a senior roundtable event last month, saying, "If we stopped testing now, we would have very few cases."
And in May, during a meeting with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, he said, "If we did very few tests, we wouldn't have most cases. In a way, we let ourselves go through all of those tests." Bad."
Public health officials and scientific experts have pointed out that while the United States has rapidly expanded its testing and contact tracking capabilities, this alone is not responsible for the increase in new cases.
"The fact that states find more cases in proportion to the number of tests they do is the biggest rebuttal of the government's claim that the number of cases is increasing because more tests help us find cases," said Jennifer Nuzzo, Epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote in the Washington Post last month.
"They tell us the opposite – that each of these countries will need to do more testing to find infections – followed by stricter contact tracking and isolation," added Nuzzo.
From Friday afternoonIn the United States, nearly 4.5 million people were infected with COVID-19 and over 152,000 people had died from it.