President Trump called Covid-19 testing a "double-edged sword" and said he told officials in his administration to “slow the testing down” because an increase in testing leads to an increase in coronavirus cases.
“When you do testing to that extent, you are gonna find more people, you’re gonna find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please. They test and they test. We have tests that people don’t know what's going on,” Trump said in the rally.
His comments come as many states, including Oklahoma, are experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said the increase in cases is outpacing the increase in coronavirus tests.
And as of Thursday, at least 21 states are seeing an increase in new cases from one week to the next, according to a CNN analysis of data from John Hopkins University.
As of Saturday afternoon, Tulsa County reported the most cases — 2,206 total — of any county in the state, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The state recently reported its largest single day increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
Earlier in the week, Trump called testing “overrated” and said it makes the country look bad in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
After Trump made the comment in tonight's rally, an administration official told CNN that the President was “obviously kidding” when he said that he asked for a slowdown in coronavirus testing.
“He was obviously kidding. We are leading the world in testing and have conducted 25 million+ in testing,” the official told CNN.