President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused other countries of lying about the number of coronavirus deaths after the United States became the country with the most coronavirus deaths in the world.
‘To think you’re getting honest numbers from some of these countries,’ the president said in response to a question from DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
‘Does anybody really believe the numbers of some of these countries,’ he said during his press briefing in the White House Rose Garden.
According to Mail Online, the United States contains 20 percent of all global coronavirus deaths despite being only four percent of the world’s population.
President Trump specifically pointed to China, a country he has attacked repeatedly as not being transparent enough about the outbreak there, which originated in the providence of Wuhan, as one country whose numbers he questions.
The president also questioned the numbers of cases in China, saying: ‘Some countries that are in big trouble and they are not reporting the facts. All I know is we report the facts and we are a country that’s getting better.’
Additionally, the president claimed Wednesday the U.S. has ‘passed the peak’ of new Coronavirus cases and revealed plans to relax social distancing measures and open back up the American economy.
‘You already know we’ll be opening up some states, some states much sooner than others and we think that some states can actually open up before the deadline May 1,’ Trump said in the White House’s Rose Garden.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 644,746 cases of Coronavirus and 28,593 deaths.