Trump Flatly Admits He’d Leave Americans Stranded to Hold Coronavirus Numbers Static

Trump Flatly Admits He’d Leave Americans Stranded to Hold Coronavirus Numbers Static

The president is purposely downplaying the coronavirus for selfish reasons but is too stupid to keep that quiet

By Peter Wade

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Brandon/AP/Shutterstock (10576163e)
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta
Trump Virus Outbreak, Atlanta, USA – 06 Mar 2020

President Trump is the master of saying the quiet part out loud, and on Friday he showed no signs of relinquishing that title.

While speaking at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Trump said he would prefer not to allow the more than 3,500 people aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship onto American soil “because I like the [coronavirus] numbers being where they are.”

Trump blatantly admitted that his initial inclination was to leave the people on the ship, some of whom have tested positive for the coronavirus, solely because of how it would appear, but said he would yield to the wants of the federal health officials who are in charge of the crisis.

“They would like to have the people come off,” Trump said of the health officials. The president continued, “I would like to have the people stay. I told them to make the final decision. I would rather because I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault. And it wasn’t the fault of the people on the ship either. OK? It wasn’t their fault, either. And they are mostly Americans. So, I can live either way with it.”

The president also continued to lie about the availability of coronavirus tests. “Anybody that needs a test, gets a test. They’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful,” Trump said. But both patients and doctors nationwide have complained about the lack thereof.

Trump Flatly Admits He’d Leave Americans Stranded to Hold Coronavirus Numbers Static

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