Trump says he lost several Coronavirus friends but doesn’t seem to have comforted many American families

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During a press briefing on President Donald Trump on the coronavirus on Tuesday, Trump revealed that, apart from three or four families of friends and associates, he had not yet called to console any American family who had lost loved ones due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The United States has recorded more than 1.03 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 58,955 deaths since the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case in the United States on January 21.

“Mr. Speaker, you talked about your deceased friend,” said a reporter at the press conference. “I was wondering if you have talked to the families of anyone else who has lost loved ones to COVID-19 and if there are any special stories that have affected you. “

“Well,” replied Trump, “I have a lot of people. I know a lot of stories, I spoke to three – maybe, I suppose, four families – unrelated to me, I did. I lost a very good friend. I also lost three other friends, two of whom I didn’t know too, but they were friends and people I did business with. “

“And it’s a bad death,” he continued, “It’s not a – it’s a bad thing. This is due to some people. Now we have discovered that young people are doing extraordinarily well – which is why I think we can start thinking about schools. Of course, we are finishing the school season, so, you know, you won’t be coming back too long. “

According to the CDC, 283 people under the age of 34 have died of coronavirus to date.

“I notice where Purdue University, a large school in very good condition, wants to open and bring in students,” said Trump. “I think that’s right. Some colleges, I think I saw Harvard want students to come back in the fall. I hope they will have students. “

“I think the concept of computer learning is also wonderful,” said Trump. “But it’s not the same as being in a classroom at a large college or college of any kind: college, university. There is nothing – you cannot replace that. So I hope they will come back. Young people do very well with this horrible plague. They do very well. “

Newsweek contacted the White House for comments.

President Donald Trump salutes as he walks along the south lawn toward Marine One as he leaves the White House for a weekend in Mar-a-Lago January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.Sarah Silbiger / Getty

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Asked about the quote during Tuesday’s briefing, Trump replied, “Well, it will end up falling to zero. “

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The Trump administration has long opposed sanctuary cities where municipal laws and local law enforcement agencies can refuse to help US Immigration and US Customs arrest and deport undocumented immigrants.

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