Virus death toll ‘is what it is’: did Donald just out-Trump ...


Virus death toll ‘is what it is’: did Donald just out-Trump himself?

He manages to downplay the Covid crisis and dismiss the legacy of a late civil rights hero in one interview

Josie Ensor

Donald Trump has been roundly criticised for saying America’s rising coronavirus death rate “is what it is”, appearing to downplay the country’s growing crisis.

In a video interview, the US president was given the toughest grilling since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak and seemed to flounder when questioned on the rising number of deaths and hospital admissions.

“They are dying, that’s true. And it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us,” he told Jonathan Swan from the news site Axios as he shuffled uncomfortably in his seat...

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