In the past week, President Donald Trump claimed at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, that he would order to slow down on the coronavirus testing to reduce the number of positive cases. "Testing is a double-edged sword. The USA has tested 25 million people, probably 20 million people that any other country in the world. When the testing is done to that extent, you're going to find more people and more positive cases, so I said to my people to slow the testing down, please." The President's claim received a lot of criticism as the health experts always pressed on increasing the testing capabilities.
Starting from the officials of White House, press secretary, and the supporters, everyone tried to defend the President's comments on slowing down the testing. Vice President Mike Pence informed the governors that Trump's remarks on testing were a passing observation, and he didn't actually mean it. The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who is known to give it back to the media claimed that Trump made the comments in jest defending the President. A week after his initial claims, Trump made a complete U-turn and said that he had sarcastically claimed to reduce the testing, which would lower the positive cases in the United States. Speaking in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Trump said - "Sometimes I jokingly say, or sarcastically say that if we didn't do such a high number of tests, we would look great along with the less infected countries in the world."
He further continued, "but you know what? It's not the right thing to do. I don't kid. Let me make this point clear to everyone." The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, confirmed to a House committee that the government is indeed increasing the testing but not slowing down. Presently, the United States leads the positive cases of coronavirus cases with more than 2.5 million people and 125 thousand losing their lives because of the deadly virus.Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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