İrem UZUN -TDO- President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19. Trump said the U.S. has tested 25 million people, far more than any other country. “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.’

Speaking at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the U.S. president used racist language, referring to Covid-19 as “kung flu”, and described testing for the virus as a “double-edged sword” because it led to the identification of more cases. A White House official later told Reuters that Trump was joking. “He was obviously kidding. We are leading the world in testing and have conducted 25 million + in testing,” the official said. Trump said his actions in blocking travelers from China and Europe had helped save “hundreds of thousands of lives”, however the “radical fake news” media had not given him credit for doing what he called “a phenomenal job” responding to the outbreak.

Trump opted to hold his first rally in 110 days despite concerns from local health officials that it could lead to further spread of the virus. Most of those in attendance declined to wear a mask. Joe Biden said Trump was putting politics ahead of the safety and health of Americans. “In an outrageous moment that will be remembered long after tonight’s debacle of a rally, President Trump just admitted that he’s putting politics ahead of the safety and economic well-being of the American people — even as we just recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost two months and 20 million workers remain out of work,” according to the Biden campaign’s statement.

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