Trump on COVID-19: ‘So, I Said to My People: Slow the Testing Down, Please’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 21, 2020 | 10:15am EDT
 
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(CNSNews.com) - During his rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday night, President Donald Trump discussed his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and said that he had “said to my people: Slow the testing down please.”

“We saved hundreds of thousands of lives and all we do is get hit on like we’re terrible,” said Trump.

“And what we’ve done with the ventilators, and with the medical equipment, and with testing—You know, testing is a double-edged sword,” he said.

“We’ve tested now 25 million people. It’s probably 20 million people more than anyone else,” Trump said. Germany’s done a lot. South Korea’s done a lot. They call me, they say: The job your doing—

“Here’s the bad part. When you test, when you do testing to that extent you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said.

“So, I said to my people: Slow the testing down, please,” Trump said.

“They test and they test,” he said. “We had tests of people who don’t know what’s going on. We got tests. We got another one over here. The young man’s ten years old. He’s got the sniffles. He’ll recover in about 10 minutes. That’s a case. Add up to it. That’s a case. That’s a case.”

“I was actually with a very nice man, very good man, even though he’s very liberal, the governor of New Jersey,” said Trump. “Right, we know him. No, listen, he said to me something that’s amazing.

“New “Jersey was very heavily hit, very hard hit, thousands of people. He said with thousands of people that died, thousands of people, there was only one person that died under the age of 18,” said Trump. “Would you believe that? Which tells me one thing: that kids are much stronger than us.

“When you see a little kid running around say: Boy, oh boy, do you have a great immune system,” said Trump. “How about a piece of your immune system. They don’t even know about this.

“Let’s open the schools please. Open schools. Open the schools,” Trump said. “We got to get them open. In the fall, we’ve got to get them open.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Trump’s speech in Tulsa where he talked about COVID-19 and testing:

Donald Trump: “But you don’t hear them talking about COVID, COVID. To be specific, COVID-19. That name gets further and further away from China, as opposed to calling it the Chinese virus. And despite the fact that we, I, have done a phenomenal job with it. I shut down the United States to very heavily infected, but all people from China in late January, which is months earlier than other people would have done, if they would have done it at all. We saved hundreds of thousands of lives. We don’t ever get even a mention.

“Then I closed it down to Europe early. Closed it down because I saw what was happening.  And, by the way, most people said: Don’t do it. Don’t do it.

“We saved hundreds of thousands of lives and all we do is get hit on like we’re terrible. And what we’ve done with the ventilators, and with the medical equipment, and with testing—You know, testing is a double-edged sword. We’ve tested now 25 million people. It’s probably 20 million people more than anyone else. Germany’s done a lot. South Korea’s done a lot. They call me, they say: The job your doing—Here’s the bad part. When you test, 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 please.

“They test and they test. We had tests of people who don’t know what’s going on. We got tests. We got another one over here. The young man’s ten years old. He’s got the sniffles. He’ll recover in about 10 minutes. That’s a case. Add up to it. That’s a case. That’s a case.

“I was actually with a very nice man, very good man, even though he’s very liberal, the governor of New Jersey. Right, we know him. No, listen, he said to me something that’s amazing. New “Jersey was very heavily hit, very hard hit, thousands of people. He said with thousands of people that died, thousands of people, there was only one person that died under the age of 18. Would you believe that? Which tells me one thing: that kids are much stronger than us. When you see a little kid running around say: Boy, oh boy, do you have a great immune system. How about a piece of your immune system. They don’t even know about this.

“Let’s open the schools please. Open schools. Open the schools. We got to get them open. In the fall, we’ve got to get them open.”

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