Donald Trump says that widespread coronavirus testing is “overrated“. This, despite the fact that he and other administration officials are being tested regularly.
But here’s what is really weird. Trump added:
We have more cases than anybody in the world, but why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases. They don’t want to write that. It’s common sense. We test much more.
So what Trump is saying is that he would rather not know if someone has Covid-19. He just doesn’t want to know. In other words, he is never going to support widespread testing (which has been shown in a number of countries as an effective way to slow down the spread of the pandemic), because it increases the number of cases and makes him look bad.
If the US doesn’t get their act together and do more testing, then reopening the country will be a disaster and cost lives. Not to mention that it won’t save the economy. But Trump is more worried about looking bad.