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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the U.S. hitting 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 “a shame,” alleging that things could have been worse.

“I think it’s a shame,” Trump told reporters at the White House, while seeking to defend his administration’s response to the pandemic.

“I think if we didn’t do it properly and do it right, you’d have 2.5 million deaths,”

he said. “If you take a look at alternatives, you could have 2.5 million deaths or something thereabouts. You could have a number that would be substantially more.”

The U.S. coronavirus deaths surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday while the number of infections has been more than 6.8 million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States remains the worst-hit country by the pandemic, with the world’s highest caseload and death toll, accounting for more than one fifth of the global deaths.

“The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering and in some respects, stunning,”

Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a virtual conference hosted by CNN.

Fauci, also a member of the White House coronavirus task force, refused to grade how the country has handled the pandemic, but said the numbers speak for themselves.

“Take a look at the numbers and make up your own mind,” he said. “We don’t need a soundbite from me. Take a look at the numbers.”

As the country is mourning over the losses, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted “the pain is made worse by the simple fact that it didn’t have to be this way.”

She blamed the “historic national tragedy” on the White House’s “contempt for science, governance & the American people’s health.”

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Source: Xinhua

  1. I agree with Pelosi. As he himself admitted recently, Trump knew about all risks related to this pandemic. Already in January he had received specific warnings from his sources of Intelligence, which he totally ignored. Not for a day or a week, for months. Months during which people died in scores and all he did was: mocking China and its people, mocking the Who, mocking prevention systems, making fun of the threat, quarreling with governors that were imposing restrictions, doing nothing but cultivating his own ego and fomenting more divisions in the U.S. and outside.
    I hope the American people will remember this when the election comes.

  2. Mario, you are so right. Trump considers his own benefit before making any decision, a ego-maniac/narcissist. To him, his re-election is more important than the lives and well-being of the citizens of the USA. Wasn’t Péter Szijjártó spouting off about Trump being worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize? Well, maybe he should consider Trump’s other handiwork; negligence, pathological liar, being complicit in the deaths of many of the 200,000+ Americans that have died as a result of COVID-19. His failures, corruption and lack of morality and will be what he is remembered for.

  3. When Trump closed the borders for Chinese travelers in January he was called a racist and an alarmist by science, media, the Chinese government and every other Tom, Dick and Harry worldwide. I don’t care for Trump, but the American populace carries the weight of the spread, not the government. A very large percentage of the population did and still does refuse to take any precautions. Americans do not like being told what to do by anyone, much less the government. For the record, elections in America are always a big deal. Always have been and always will be.

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