The New York Daily News marked the grim national 500,000 death toll from COVID-19 on its front page Tuesday with an old quote from ex-President Donald Trump.The tabloid newspaper’s cover recalled the then-president boasti…
The tabloid newspaper’s cover recalled the then-president boasting on Feb. 26 last year that there were only 15 cases of the coronavirus in the United States and that those infections “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
“So Far From Zero,” the headline screams in capital letters:
SO FAR FROM ZERO— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 23, 2021
"15 within a couple of days ... down close to zero." —Trump, Feb. 26, 2020
Feb. 22, 2021: 500,000 Americans dead.
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Trump’s claim, however, contradicted his own admission in a Feb. 7, 2020, telephone call with journalist Bob Woodward that the virus was “deadly.”
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump told Woodward at the time. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”
Despite his private acknowledgments, Trump in public later repeatedly downplayed the threat posed by the virus, mocked people who wore masks to curb its spread, and touted unproven drugs and the injection of disinfectant. He finally contracted COVID-19 himself and was hospitalised for three days.
His administration’s shambolic response to the pandemic and his success in politicising prevention efforts as a culture war issue helped make the U.S. the world’s leader in deaths and infections.
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Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/new-york-daily-news-uses-old-donald-trump-quote-to-mark-500000-dead_au_603566a2c5b6c0f82b4902c0