- President Trump and “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace argued over COVID-19 death rates in the United States, leading Trump to accuse Wallace of being “fake news.”
- In the interview, Trump falsely claimed that the United States had “one of the lowest death rates in the world” of any country and a “low death rate # 1”.
- Wallace, however, cited COVID-19 mortality data from Johns Hopkins University to show that of the 20 countries most affected by COVID-19, the United States ranks seventh with a mortality rate 3.8%.
- “I hope you show the script because that’s what it is about,” Trump said, to which Wallace replied, “I don’t think I’m fake news”.
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President Donald Trump and “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace argued over COVID-19 death rates in the United States, which led Trump to accuse Wallace of being “fake news.”
In the interview, which aired Sunday morning, Wallace rejected Trump’s claims that the United States had one of the lowest death rates from COVID-19 in the world.
Trump lamented why more attention was not being paid to the high levels of COVID-19 cases and death rates in Mexico and claimed, without evidence, that portions of walls and fences along the US border -mexicaine helped stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Sir, we have the seventh highest death rate in the world. Our death rate is higher than Brazil, it is higher than Russia, and the European Union forbids us to travel, ”Wallace said, citing death data from Johns Hopkins University. .
“Yeah. I think what we’re going to do – well, we’ve banned them from traveling too, Chris. I closed them. If you remember, I was the one who made the European Union very early on. When you talk about death rates, I think … we have one of the lowest death rates in the world, “falsely claimed Trump in the interview.
“It’s not true sir,” replied Wallace. “We had 900 deaths in one day this week, you can verify it. ”
Trump then motioned to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to bring him a chart allegedly showing the United States has a “low death rate No. 1”.
“I hope you show the script because that’s what it is,” Trump said.
“I don’t think I’m false news,” replied Wallace.
“Yeah, you are,” Trump replied. “You said we have the world’s worst death rate. Wallace did not say that the United States had the highest death rate, but rather that the country had the seventh highest rate.
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As Wallace explained, he cited COVID-19 mortality data from Johns Hopkins University which shows that of the 20 countries “currently most affected by COVID-19 in the world”, the United States ranks seventh place in what Johns Hopkins calls the observed case. – mortality rate with a mortality rate of 3.8%. The United States has lower mortality than countries like the United Kingdom and Mexico, but higher rates than Peru, Brazil and Russia.
In terms of deaths per 100,000 population, the United States ranks third behind the United Kingdom and Chile with 42.8 deaths per 100,000 population.
The chart presented by the White House, however, used data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention that excluded countries with lower death rates, such as Russia, to make it seem like the United States has the one of the lowest death rates in the world. .