Politics White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatal
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany came to her press briefing on Monday prepared to defend President Trump’s claim over the weekend thatwith two charts illustrating the country’s COVID-19 death rate.
But McEnany’s slides showed a case fatality rate — the percentage of confirmed cases that result in death — of 4.6 percent, not the 1 percent implied by Trump.
During a July 4 “Salute to America” speech on the South Lawn, Trump boasted that the administration has conducted more than 40 million coronavirus tests.
“But by so doing, we show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless,” Trump added.
FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless'
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn declined on Sunday to confirm or deny whether President Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are "harmless."Hahn was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" to respond to Trump's remarks at the White House on the 4th of July when he said "99 percent of [cases] are totally harmless.""So we know that cases are surging in the country," he said. "We've all seen the graphsHahn was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" to respond to Trump's remarks at the White House on the 4th of July when he said "99 percent of [cases] are totally harmless.
Asked about the remark during Monday’s briefing, McEnany said the president was merely pointing to “a factual statement, one that is rooted in science” before calling for the charts to be displayed.
The first showed the U.S. case fatality rate, or CFR, dipping to 4.6 percent after topping 6 percent in May; the second compared it to European countries — like France, Italy and the United Kingdom — where the rate is upwards of 10 percent. Both charts cited the European CDC as their source, and both showed the U.S. death rate from the coronavirus more than 4 times the rate Trump’s remark suggested.
“What that speaks to is the great work of this administration,” McEnany said. “And that's what the president was pointing out.”
Even though a substantial number of coronavirus infections do not cause illness — the exact number is uncertain — COVID-19 isn’t “harmless” to many people who contract, even if they survive. The acute phase can be debilitating, and a growing number of reports indicate the potential for long-term lung, circulatory and organ damage.
Miami-Dade mayor: Residents 'kind of let their guard down' during reopening
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) blamed county residents "let[ting] their guard down" since the state began to reopen for Florida becoming a recent hotspot for the coronavirus."My residents also kind of let their guard down in late May, early June, and also some of the protests we had here I think contributed to it," Gimenez said on CBS' "Face the Nation.""We saw a rapid rise in young people being positive for COVID-19 around mid-June, and I think that had a lot to do with probably socializing, young people going to parties, maybe graduation parties at home," he added.
McEnany wasn’t the only member of the White House who appeared to struggle to defend Trump’s false claim. Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA commissioner and member of the White House coronavirus task force member,.
After McEnany’s display, NBC's Peter Alexander asked the press secretary to clarify whether Trump was using “harmless” as a synonym for non-fatal.
“The president was noting the fact that the vast majority of Americans who contract coronavirus will come out on the other side of this,” McEnany replied. “Of course he takes this very seriously. Of course no one wants to see anyone in this country contract COVID which is why the administration has fought hard to make sure that's not the case with our historic response effort.”
, there have been more than 2.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, and over 130,000 deaths.
FDA commissioner declines to defend Trump's latest coronavirus boasts
A member of the White House coronavirus task force on Sunday said he wouldn’t “get into who’s right and who’s wrong” when asked if he agreed with two widely disputed claims President Trump made a day earlier. Speaking in Washington, D.C., at an Independence Day celebration, Trump promised Saturday that the U.S. “will likely have a therapeutic and/or vaccine solution long before the end of the year.” “I can’t predict when a vaccine will be available,” he told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.“I just want to tell you about FDA’s role in this.
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday for agreeing with President Trump's characterization of 99 percent of coronavirus cases as "harmless.""Donald Trump has had over six months to stop abysmally failing the American people during this historic public health crisis. But even though over 132,000 Americans have lost their lives and tens of millions have lost their jobs due to his unprecedented negligence and incompetence, he has surrendered to the coronavirus and, for the sake of his own optics, is outright lying to the nation about the extreme threat of COVID-