House subcommittee chairman James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, addressed President Trump’s tweet which appeared to refer to a graphic Clyburn showed earlier during the hearing on the cases American countries far exceeding European countries.
In his tweet, Trump claimed that the United States leads Europe in cases due to testing. The president has repeatedly argued that more testing leads to more cases in the United States. This is totally incorrect.
“Someone, please tell Congressman Clyburn, who has no idea, that the graph he presented showing more CASs for the United States than for Europe, is is because we do MUCH MORE testing than any other country in the world. If we didn’t have tests, or bad tests, we would show very few CASs, ”Trump tweeted in part.
Clyburn asked Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, if he agreed with Trump’s statement. Clyburn pointed to Fauci’s earlier comments during the hearing where the public health official said the difference in cases was due to several factors, including the reopening of states.
The point is first: CNN’s fact-checking team reported that officials from Trump and his Republican allies have acknowledged that it is not true that a growing number of tests are the reason why the number of cases has exploded over the course of the last month.
Telling proof that the spike is genuine: The percentage of people testing positive, a key measure of the true spread of the virus, has also increased. As for his claim about other countries – countries like Germany have had to do less testing over time because they were more successful at containing their outbreaks in the first place – using a strategy that involved early testing aggressive.
Watch the exchange between Clyburn and Fauci: