Has Trump Made ANY Truthful Statements About the Coronavirus?

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Ignorance. Lies. Half-truths. We deserve more from the President of the United States and his team. Here is a taste of a recent piece by CNN factcheckers Daniel Dale and Tara Subramaniam:

President Donald Trump has been comprehensively misinforming the public about the coronavirus.

Trump has littered his public remarks on the life-and-death subject with false, misleading and dubious claims. And he has been joined, on occasion, by senior members of his administration.

We’ve counted 28 different ways the President and his team have been inaccurate. Here is a chronological list, which may be updated as additional misinformation comes to our attention.

The list:

February 10: Trump says without evidence that the coronavirus “dies with the hotter weather”
February 24: Trump baselessly claims the situation is “under control”
February 25: A senior White House official falsely claims the virus has been “contained”
February 25: Trump falsely claims Ebola mortality was “a virtual 100%”
February 26: Trump wrongly says the coronavirus “is a flu”
February 26: Trump baselessly predicts the number of US cases is “going very substantially down” to “close to zero”
February 26: Trump wrongly says the flu death rate is “much higher” than Dr. Sanjay Gupta said
February 27: Trump baselessly hints at a “miracle”
February 28: Trump baselessly hints at an immigration link to the virus
February 29: Trump exaggerates Tim Cook’s comments about Apple and China
March 1: Azar wrongly says 3,600 people have been tested
March 2: Trump falsely claims “nobody knew” the number of US flu deaths
March 2: Trump says a vaccine is coming “relatively soon”
March 4: Trump falsely claims Obama impeded testing
March 4: Trump wrongly says as many as 100,000 people died of the flu in 1990
March 4: Trump says “the borders are automatically shut down”
March 4: Trump says he believes there was a coronavirus death in New York, though there hadn’t been one
March 4: Trump falsely claims the Obama administration “didn’t do anything” about H1N1
March 5: Trump misleadingly describes a Gallup poll
March 6: Azar wrongly claims there is no test shortage
March 6As the number of cases and deaths in Italy rises, Trump says the number is “getting much better”
March 6: Trump falsely claims anybody can get tested if they want
March 6: Trump exaggerates the number of people on the Grand Princess cruise ship
March 6: Trump falsely says US coronavirus numbers “are lower than just about anybody”
March 6: Trump baselessly muses that “maybe” the coronavirus improved US jobs numbers
March 9: Pence says Trump’s “priority” was getting Americans off the ship
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