Trump on 1,000 Americans a day dying from COVID-19: "It is what it is" - 2020-08-04
President Trump appeared to downplay the U.S.' unparalleled coronavirus death toll in an interview that aired Monday, saying that the rate of about 1,000 Americans dying every day from the pandemic "is what it is." The president also rejected data showing the high rates of coronavirus deaths in proportion to the U.S. population.
Mr. Trump made the remarks in an interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan, who challenged the president on his claims that the pandemic is under control, even as infections are soaring in many states and the U.S. leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths.
"Well, what's your definition of control?" Mr. Trump told Swan. "I think it's under control."
"How?" Swan said. "A thousand Americans are dying a day."
"They are dying. That's true," the president replied. "And it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control, as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us."