Pence Tells Governors To Share Misleading Facts About Coronavirus Infections: Reports - 2020-06-16
Vice President Mike Pence urged the nation's governors to share misleading facts about ongoing coronavirus outbreaks in some states during a private call on Monday, according to multiple reports.
During the call, Pence, who leads the White House's coronavirus task force, downplayed increases in COVID-19 diagnoses in some regions, claiming they were simply "intermittent" spikes of the virus. He later pushed the administration talking point touted by President Donald Trump that the higher figures were merely due to an increase in testing, not actually higher rates of infection. Data, however, shows that seven-day averages of new cases have increased in at least six states since May 31.
"I would just encourage you all, as we talk about these things, to make sure and continue to explain to your citizens the magnitude of increase in testing," Pence said on the call, according to a recording obtained by The New York Times. "And that in most of the cases where we are seeing some marginal rise in number, that's more resolved by the extraordinary work you're doing."