During a comeback campaign rally on Saturday night, Trump said the US has now tested 25 million people, far more than other countries. The ‘bad part,’ he said, is that widespread testing leads to logging more cases for Covid-19, reported by Daily Mail.
‘When you do testing to that extent, you’re gonna find more people you’re gonna find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down, please,’ he said.
A White House official later told reporters that Trump was obviously joking.
The president also sparked outrage on social media by calling COVID-19 the ‘kung flu’, a racist term referencing its origins in China.
Trump insisted to hold his first rally despite concerns from local health officials that it could lead to further spread of the virus in Tulsa.
However, according to China Press, the rally was held in a stadium which can hold up to 20,000 people, but attendees was less than half which is around 6,200 only. Most of those in attendance declined to wear a mask.
US Covid-19 cases is currently over 2.35 million and 122,248 deaths reported.