Trump just made these 2 bogus claims during Fox News’ coronavirus townhall. Here are the facts

Trump just made these 2 bogus claims during Fox News’ coronavirus townhall. Here are the facts
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At a Fox News townhall even on Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed the coronavirus pandemic — and made two misleading claims that are being panned on social media.

In discussion with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Trump claimed he never described coronavirus testing as “perfect.” Asked by Hemmer why, in late February, he did just that, Trump responded that he was talking about his July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; Trump has also used the word “perfect” to describe that conversation, which led to his impeachment. But let's check the transcript:

Olivier Knox, on Twitter, wrote, “Good question from Fox News' Hemmer to Trump about why he called testing "perfect" in late February. Trump says he was talking about his call with the Ukrainian leader.”

But Knox tweeted Trump’s exact words, showing that in late February, he specifically stated, “The tests are all perfect.”\The second misleading claim had to do with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Trump implied that Cuomo, who has been warning of severe hospital equipment shortages in his state, didn’t purchase ventilators in 2015.

Trump later appeared to accuse NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo of establishing "death panels," shocking viewers with his truly absurd decision to quote right-wing website Gateway Pundit.

CNN’s Daniel Dale explained where Trump got the idea that Cuomo failed to come through with ventilators in 2015: he “just read out a headline from the very bad website Gateway Pundit claiming Cuomo established ‘death panels’ instead of buying ventilators.”

The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser tweeted, “’He's supposed to be buying his own ventilators': Trump to Andrew Cuomo and NYCity Has there ever been a less empathetic American President?” And Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, responding to Glasser’s tweet, wrote, “No, and he is wrong.”

Never Trump conservative George Conway wrote, “I was never a fan of @NYGovCuomo. But he’s doing a terrific job with these presentations. Imagine how much better off the country would be if @realDonaldTrump had just one-quarter of Cuomo’s clear-mindedness and honesty.”

The BBC’s Katty Katy, a frequent MSNBC contributor, tweeted, “That Cuomo Trump relationship didn't last long.”

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