White House Science Office Credits Trump With ‘Ending’ COVID-19 Pandemic Despite Rise In U.S. Infections

The Hill: White House science office says Trump ended COVID-19 pandemic as U.S. hits record cases
“The White House science office listed ‘ending the COVID-19 pandemic’ as the top accomplishment of President Trump’s first term, even as the U.S. has set records for new daily infections and numerous hospitals across the country are stretched to their breaking points. According to a press release intending to highlight the administration’s science accomplishments, the Trump administration said it ‘has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease’…” (Weixel, 10/27).

POLITICO: White House science office takes credit for ‘ending’ pandemic as infections mount
“…It’s the latest inaccurate claim from the administration on the severity of the pandemic, which Trump has downplayed throughout his reelection campaign, and as Vice President Mike Pence’s office is dealing with an outbreak. Trump, who insists the country is ’rounding the turn’ on the coronavirus, continues to hold packed campaign rallies and attacks the news media for focusing on surging infections. Despite the White House’s optimistic rhetoric, health officials warn that things could get worse as winter approaches and people are forced to spend more time indoors…” (Ehley, 10/27).

Additional coverage of the White House claim is available from Forbes and USA TODAY.

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