President Donald Trump falsely claimed on April 29 that he did not say that daily coronavirus testing will happen “very soon,” even though he said it on April 28.
“We’ll increase it, and it’ll increase it by much more than that in the very near future,” Trump said when a reporter asked if he’s confident the U.S. will reach 5 million tests per day, as some health experts say would be required to “reopen” the country.
However, on April 29 Trump denied making his comments:
Somebody came out with a study of 5 million people. Do I think we will? I think we will, but I never said it. Somebody started throwing around 5 million. I didn’t say 5 million. Well, we will be there. But I didn’t say it. I didn’t say it.
On April 28, Assistant Secretary of Health Admiral Brett Giroir, who is running the Trump administration’s testing, told Time: “There is absolutely no way on Earth, on this planet or any other planet, that we can do 20 million tests a day, or even 5 million tests a day.”
Axios reports that Giroir was replying to a “Harvard University paper [that] assessed the U.S. would need to conduct 5 million tests daily by early June, and 20 million a day by late July to reopen safely. But Giroir called the number ‘an Ivory Tower, unreasonable benchmark.‘”