‘Pure BS’: White House Torched For Peddling Fantasy Of Trump Ending COVID Pandemic

People watch as a motorcade with US President Donald Trump drives to a Make America Great Again rally at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway October 27, 2020, in West Salem, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) ... People watch as a motorcade with US President Donald Trump drives to a Make America Great Again rally at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway October 27, 2020, in West Salem, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 28, 2020 11:08 a.m.
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The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as one of the top achievements of President Donald Trump’s first term, in a stunning distortion of reality as the nation shatters infection records.

The baffling claim came in a press release published Tuesday, that announced a new document highlighting the Trump administration’s strides to advance science and technology. 

According to the press release, the new document lauds the Trump administration’s defeat of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that Trump “has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”

The false statement follows reporting last week that the United States broke records for the number of new coronavirus cases tallied in a single day and as the virus surges across a number of states while medical facilities bend under the weight of rising hospitalizations for COVID-19. 

Trump has made repeated efforts to both undermine the severity of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 227,000 people in the United States and smear the reputation of scientists and public health officials, while casting doubt over their guidance on curbing the spread of coronavirus. 

In speeches and in angry tweets, a scrambling Trump continues to imagine an alternate reality of a virus that is winding down — complaining of the media’s fixation on “COVID, COVID, COVID,” and claiming at multiple rallies in states where the virus is surging unchecked that the nation is “rounding the turn” on COVID-19. He told supporters in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday that a return to normal life is imminent, even as public health officials have suggested the nation is on the precipice of a staggering upward trend.

Twitter erupted over the wildly off-base claim to fame:

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COVID-19 Tracking Project (updated data on testing and infections in the U.S.).
Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Survey (most up to date numbers globally and for countries around the world).
Worldometers.info (extensive source of information and data visualizations on COVID-19 Crisis — discussion of data here).
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