In the past week, President Donald Trump has repeatedly spread a false claim that COVID-19 is not as deadly as his own public health agencies have reported.
He retweeted a now-deleted post that alleged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “quietly updated” the number of coronavirus deaths. He shared another tweet from a senior legal adviser for his reelection campaign that linked to an article whose headline said “only 9,210 Americans died from COVID-19 alone.”
And, in a Sept. 1 interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Trump said it himself:
“I saw a statistic come out the other day, talking about only 6% of the people actually died from COVID, which is a very interesting — that they died from other reasons.”
“Well, they had comorbidities, which you’ve gotten criticized for,” Ingraham responded.
Read the full story at PolitiFact, and hear how Trump’s claim scored in the audio player above.