Tracking Trump’s false or misleading coronavirus claims

By Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly and Sarah Cahlan 

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“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

— Jan. 21, 2020

“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

— Feb. 2

“Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

— Feb. 10

 

“The level of death with Ebola — you know, at the time, it was a virtual 100 percent.”

— Feb. 25

“We’re very close to a vaccine.”

— Feb. 25

“When you have 15 [cases in the United States], and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

— Feb. 26

“This is a flu. This is like a flu.”

— Feb. 26

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“The flu in our country kills from 25,000 people to 69,000 people a year. That was shocking to me. And so far, if you look at what we have with the 15 people and their recovery, one is, one is pretty sick, but hopefully will recover, but the others are in great shape.”

— Feb. 26

“I don’t think it’s inevitable. It probably will. It possibly will. It could be at a very small level, or it could be at a larger level. Whatever happens, we’re totally prepared.”

— Feb. 26

“But the same vaccine could not work? You take a solid flu vaccine — you don’t think that would have an impact or much of an impact on corona?”

— March 2

“I think the 3.4 percent is really a false number. Now, this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this.”

— March 4

“So, if we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”

 

“I will say, though, the H1N1, that was swine flu, commonly referred to as swine flu. And that went from around April of ’09 to April of ’10, where there were 60 million cases of swine flu. And over — actually, it’s over 13,000. I think you might have said 17,000. I had heard it was 13,000, but a lot of deaths. And they didn’t do anything about it.”

— March 4

Under fire for a sluggish response, Trump started to target the Obama administration, especially its handling of the 2009 swine flu outbreak. But it’s false to say Obama “didn’t do anything about it.” In fact, Obama’s handling was widely praised at the time as the right mix of action and no overreaction.

 

“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing. And we undid that decision a few days ago so that the testing can take place in a much more accurate and rapid fashion. That was a decision we disagreed with. I don’t think we would have made it, but for some reason it was made. But we’ve undone that decision.”

— March 4

“I don’t want any deaths, right? But over the last long period of time, when people have the flu, you have an average of 36,000 people dying. I’ve never heard those numbers. I would — I would’ve been shocked. I would’ve said, ‘Does anybody die from the flu?’ I didn’t know people died from the flu — 36,000 people died.”

— March 6

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“Anybody that wants a test can get a test.”

— March 6

 

“This blindsided the world. And I think we’ve handled it very, very well.”

— March 9

“I met with the leaders of health insurance industry, who have agreed to waive all co-payments for coronavirus treatments.”

— March 11

“And taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe.”

— March 11

“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.”

— March 11

“I want to thank Google. Google is helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”

March 13

“As you know, Europe was just designated as the hot spot right now, and we closed that border a while ago.”

— March 13

“We have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about.”

— March 16

 

“I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

— March 17

 

 

 

 

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