DONALD Trump made the astonishing statement that the US had “one of the lowest mortality rates in the world” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a Fox News Sunday interview with Chris Wallace, the US President was grilled on the country’s battle with the Covid-19 pandemic.
When Mr Wallace questioned the US leader on the country’s high death rate, which is the seventh highest in the world, Mr Trump made remarkable claim.
Mr Trump said: “But when you talk about mortality rates, I think it’s the opposite.
“I think we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.”
Mr Wallace responded: “That’s not true sir.”
Currently the US has suffered 3.7 million coronavirus infections and killed more than 140,000 people.
A tense exchange then broke out with Mr Trump pointing to mortality rates in other countries.
As the argument continued Trump asked his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, to “please bring me the mortality rate”.
“You have the numbers, please?” Trump asked. “Because I hear we have the best mortality rate. Number, number one low mortality rate.”
Waving a paper, Trump said: “I hope you show this on air, because it shows what fake news is about.”
Mr Wallace responded “I don’t think I’m fake news.”
The Fox interviewer then played a montage of Mr Trump’s comments on the coronavirus outbreak, with the President claiming the coronavirus would “disappear” at some point.
“I’ll be right eventually,” Trump said. “It is going to disappear. I’ll say it again, it’s going to disappear and I’ll be right.”
Wallace asked if Mr Trump’s past comments about coronavirus disappearing, which have not yet materialised, discredited him.
“I don’t think so, you know why? Because I’ve been right probably more than anybody else.”
Mr Trump then went on to claim masks could cause problems and claimed that a high rate of testing in the US was the reason behind the high number of cases.
When Mr Wallace questioned him on the country’s track record of around 1,000 deaths a day from the virus, Mr Trump replied: “It is what it is”.
According to data from the John Hopkins University, the US has recorded 3,711,413 cases of coronavirus and 140,119 deaths.