Vice President Mike Pence falsely claimed on Fox News that he and President Donald Trump “gave the American people the facts” about the deadly COVID-19 virus (MORE VIDEO BELOW):
His tone was one of projecting calm and confidence. But I heard him at that podium, I heard him at every setting. We gave the American people the facts.
However, Trump admitted to author Bob Woodard that he downplayed the deadly virus, which has killed nearly 200,000 Americans: “I wanted to, I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Pence also claimed that Trump suspended all travel from Chin, a bogus claim that was debunked by FactCheck.org (below):
The first words out of Mike Pence's mouth on Fox News are a lie. Trump never suspended all travel from China. pic.twitter.com/wJxX3zjwdF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2020
For starters, health experts say Trump was wrong to refer to the travel restrictions as a “travel ban,” as he did in a telephone interview on March 4 with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. During a town hall on March 5, Trump said he “closed down the borders to China and to other areas that are very badly affected.” That’s not accurate.
As (Health and Human Services Secretary Alex) Azar explained when he announced the travel restrictions on Jan. 31, the policy prohibits non-U.S. citizens, other than the immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled to China within the last two weeks from entering the U.S.
Pence also made the absurd claim that Trump has kept more promises than he made.
This, dear reader, is a logical impossibility pic.twitter.com/lCZKpolk3Q— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2020
(Sources: Fox News via Twitter, FactCheck.org)