Trump added that the US has tested 25 million people, far more than other countries. Later, a White House official said Trump was joking about his call for a slowdown in testing.
Donald Trump said that he had asked US officials to slow down coronavirus testing for Covid-19 because case numbers in the country were rising so rapidly.
Trump told supporters at his campaign rally that the U.S. has tested 25 million people, far more than any other country. The “bad part,” Trump said, is that widespread testing leads to logging more cases of the virus.
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.