There's no doubt Trump views COVID testing not as a solution but as a political problem - 2020-06-23
Trump's repeated insistence that "[w]ith smaller testing we would show fewer cases!" is like a psychological test for dissociative disorder, identifying one's willingness to believe that problems can be solved by declining to acknowledge their existence.
I get the perverse appeal of willful ignorance, because it is literally true that we would "show" fewer cases if we stopped trying to find them. But not only would cases exist notwithstanding statistical measures of them, given the contagious nature of this virus less testing would amount to more cases because fewer asymptomatic (or pre-symptomatic) carriers would know to quarantine themselves.
The White House spent much of yesterday nervously telling everyone that Trump's stated push to "slow down" testing was a "joke," a term the White House designates every grossly negligent Trump assertion after it polls badly, but there's no doubt that Trump views testing not as a solution but as a political problem. He's the king who kills the messenger bringing bad news — to date about 120,000 messengers.