Trump criticizes Covid lockdowns and falsely claims US 'doing very well' - 2020-08-03
Donald Trump used his White House coronavirus press conference on Monday to repeat his opposition to lockdowns as a means of bringing the contagion under control, claiming falsely that under his leadership the US has done "as well as any nation".
On a day that the US had surpassed 4.7m confirmed cases of infection – more than a quarter of the global total – Trump tried to deflect criticism of his administration's handling of the pandemic on to other countries.
He cited Spain, Germany, France, Australia and Japan as countries experiencing "significant flare ups" as the virus surges again. In fact, while Australia and Japan are experiencing renewed surges, their total incidence of disease remains a fraction of the catastrophe now sweeping across the US.