White House Chief of Staff: President Trump not downplaying COVID-19 deaths
UPDATED 8:39 AM PT — Monday, July 6, 2020
While speaking to reporters Monday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said he doesn’t think a federal mandate on masks is necessary. He noted that a national mandate is “not in order,” adding that it’s up to local governments to determine that.
Currently, the CDC recommends wearing masks and some governors have made masks a requirement in their states.
Meadows also defended President Trump who’s come under fire for saying “99-percent of coronavirus cases are harmless” during comments on the Fourth of July.
“I don’t think it was the president’s intent to downplay that as much as saying, let’s look at the risk and let’s look at it in an appropriate way based on facts and figures,” he stated.
….In a certain way, our tremendous Testing success gives the Fake News Media all they want, CASES. In the meantime, Deaths and the all important Mortality Rate goes down. You don’t hear about that from the Fake News, and you never will. Anybody need any Ventilators???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2020
The CDC determined more than a third of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, while the World Health Organization said the global fatality rate is likely less than one-percent.