Trump Raises His Projected COVID-19 Death Toll Yet Again

President Donald Trump speaks with Vice President Mike Pence and members of the coronavirus task force during a briefing at the White House on April 23, 2020. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Once again, President Donald Trump has revised his predicted COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. to an even larger figure: More than 100,000.

During a pre-taped Fox Business interview that aired Thursday morning, Trump discussed the “tremendous lives lost” to the pandemic with Fox host Maria Bartiromo.

“We’re going to lose over a hundred thousand, perhaps, in this country,” the President told Bartiromo.

He tried to play down the new number, claiming that it was “at the bottom level of the scale” and repeating his talking point about how he had saved “2 million lives” in the early stages of the outbreak.

“But you’re talking about 100,000 more, little bit less, more,” Trump said. “Who knows?”

Last week, the President had said that the virus would kill “anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000” Americans, which was already an increase from his original projection of 50,000 back in early April.

The death toll in the U.S. has exceeded 84,000 as of Thursday morning, according to a tracker by John Hopkins University.

Watch Trump below:

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