Donald Trump speculates on Covid-19 testing in the United States
The more you test, the more cases you have
For most countries globally, an increased testing capacity for coronavirus is seen as a positive. Testing more people catches more cases, limiting the spread around your nation, in theory at least.
But for the United States and Donald Trump, is testing so much actually a good thing? Not according to Trump.
Speaking at a poorly attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 19, the American president claimed that he had actually told officials to "slow the testing down".
"When you do testing to that extent, you’re gonna find more cases so I say to my people: 'Slow the testing down, please'."
Donald Trump's Tulsa rally was marred by low turnout and the spread of Covid infections in his campaign team. pic.twitter.com/PKKSdBzFCU
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Why? Because the more you test, the more cases you find. During the rally, Trump also hit out at the media for their reporting of him, from allegedly struggling to walk down a ramp at a recent event, to being seen using two hands to lift a glass of water.
Trump's team stated prior to the rally that it was going to be a sell-out, only for fewer than half of the 19,000-capacity venue seats to be filled on the night.
It is believed that a concerted effort between K-pop fans and users of TikTok led to the vast majority of the tickets being booked, only for them not to turn up.
Trump was later seen returning to the White House, looking dejected.