Trump: COVID tests are bad, and you shouldn’t want one

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Donald Trump says that testing for coronavirus makes the United States look bad because we identify more cases.

In a way, by doing all this testing we make ourselves look bad.

Donald J. Trump

If the Trump administration made any effort to reduce the spread of the virus, testing would not make the United States “look bad.”

The intended message — that people should stop getting tested — is reiterated over the next few days. On May 8, Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, test positive; Trump uses this as an example for why “the whole concept of tests aren’t necessarily great.”

On May 11, Trump tells the American people that they “shouldn’t want to get tested.”

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