White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed on June 22 that President Donald Trump was joking about slowing down COVID-19 testing during his Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on June 20.
Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump 2020 campaign also tried to pass off Trump’s statement as a joke on CNN on June 22.
However, Trump told reporters on June 23 that he was not joking about slowing life-saving COVID-19 testing in order to have fewer positives:
I don’t kid, let me make it clear. We have got the greatest testing program anywhere in the world. We test better than anybody in the world. Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them. By having more tests, we find more cases. We did 25 million tests.
Here’s what I say: testing is a double-edged sword. In one way, it tells you, you have cases. In other way, you find out where the cases are and you do a good job. We are doing a great job. We have never been credited for it. We’re doing the best testing job anywhere in the world.
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