President Donald Trump, under pressure over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and facing a key presidential debate Tuesday, announced the federal government would ship 150 million rapid tests to U.S. states for opening schools and ensuring safety at centers for senior citizens.
‘I say it all the time – we are rounding the corner,’ Trump said as the nation continued to face staggering losses and infections from COVID-19.
‘This will be more than double the number of tests already performed,’ he said, announcing the plan in the White House Rose Garden.
‘I say it all the time – we are rounding the corner,’ President Trump said Monday regarding the coronavirus
Trump congratulated his team and once again said the situation was improving, even as the nation passed 200,000 coronavirus deaths. And he repeated his call to ‘reopen’ states.
‘We have too many states right now that are locked down,’ Trump complained. ‘Nobody knows what the governors are doing actually,’ he said.
He vowed: ‘We will defeat the virus and end the pandemic and next year will be one of the greatest years in our history.
His words came as top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci openly criticized the decision by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump loyalist, to reopen bars, restaurants and other business in his state at 100 per cent capacity.
Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, swabs his nose as he demonstrates a new rapid result COVID-19 test during a event with President Donald Trump about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Washington
White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas speaks during an event with President Donald Trump about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020,