Donald Trump lauds coronavirus response that left 1.80 lakh dead
President Donald Trump is lauding the US response to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the country having by far the highest confirmed case count and the highest death toll in the world.
During his Republican National Convention remarks Thursday, Trump claimed that "hundreds of thousands of more Americans" would have died if his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, had been in office during the pandemic. Already, 180,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus under Trump's watch.
In 2018, the Trump administration decided to dismantle a National Security Council directorate at the White House charged with preparing for a pandemic to hit the nation.
Former Obama administration officials have said the Trump White House would have been able to act more quickly to stop the spread of the coronavirus had the office still been intact.
Trump also tried to claim that he, unlike Biden, will hold China "fully accountable for the tragedy they caused." But early in the pandemic, he praised China for its transparency and said they were working hard to contain the virus.