This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci — discussing recent coronavirus surges in the United States and fears that the pandemic could become even worse this winter — warned, "There's going to be a whole lot of pain in this country." But despite the warnings of Fauci and other medical experts, Donald Trump, Jr. has downplayed the severity of the autumn surge. And on Thursday — a day in which almost 1000 people died from COVID-19 in the U.S. and a record of near 90,000 people tested positive for it — the president's son claimed that the COVID-19 death count has fallen to "almost nothing."
During an appearance on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" on Thursday night, Trump, Jr. told far-right host Laura Ingraham, "I went through the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data because I kept hearing about new infections, but I was like, 'Well, why aren't they talking about deaths?' Oh, oh, because the number is almost nothing. Because we've gotten control of this thing. We understand how it works. They have the therapeutics to be able to deal with this."
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Trump, Jr. insisted that the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. had "gone to almost nothing." And he ridiculed Democrats who continue to stress the importance of social distancing, saying, "Why don't we shut down for 10 or 15 years?"
President Donald Trump's son, not surprisingly, didn't say anything about how overwhelmed hospitals are becoming in many parts of the U.S. because of all the new COVID-19 patients. That same Thursday, NBC News aired a segment on the challenges that some hospitals are having staying on top of the surge — and an ICU nurse at St. Vincent Health Care in Billings, Montana said, "It's been shocking to me how fast it's accelerated in the last couple weeks." When the nurse was asked how close the hospital was to being "at capacity," she replied, "We're close. We're very close. We can find beds, but it's probably going to be at the expense of non-COVID patients."
NBC News' Rebecca Shabad noted that Johns Hopkins University reported on Thursday that almost 1,000 people died from COVID-19 — far more than "almost nothing" in single day. According to the university, the COVID-19 death count had passed 229,000 in the U.S. by Friday afternoon and more than 1.1 million worldwide.