President Donald Trump recently sparred with Axios’ national political correspondent Jonathan Swan in a tumultuous interview on the number of Covid-19 deaths in the US. When pressed on the rising fatalities in the US, Trump asserted that the Covid-19 situation was under control and that the rising death toll “is what it is” as cases have surged in some states.
A clip from the interview where Trump is seen brandishing several pieces of paper with graphs and charts on them and suggesting that the US figures compared well internationally have gone viral on social media.
In the interview, which aired on HBO, Trump was asked how the virus was under control when 1,000 Americans were dying each day.
“You’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of the population. That’s where the US is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc,” says Swan while refuting Trump’s claim. Trump responded by saying, “You can’t do that.”
Watch the video here:
.@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”@realdonaldtrump: “You can’t do that.”
Swan: “Why can’t I do that?” pic.twitter.com/MStySfkV39
— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020
The clip from the interview has gone viral on several social media platforms, with many reacting to Trump’s claims.
I want to pull the eject lever… Get me out of here….. https://t.co/J4y8mJgDbl
— Clayton Campbell (@Thricefreak89) August 4, 2020
He complains incessantly that more testing = more cases until it helps him distort an argument about number of deaths. https://t.co/ndu2GERNQ4
— Billy Burke (@billyburke87) August 4, 2020
— kyle (@MichiganPop) August 4, 2020
This is funny until you remember that it’s not a skit. Please vote this year America https://t.co/aR4p850Sw3
— Ellie Horton (@tanithcooper) August 4, 2020