Trump erroneously cited recent increases in reported European coronavirus cases to suggest that the US is doing better than European countries whose case rates are much lower. He falsely accused former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden of committing “betrayal.”
He made an unfounded blanket statement that college football players would not have serious problems with the coronavirus because they are very capable. He falsely suggested that New York City recently fired a large number of police officers. And he mistakenly suggested that he had signed an executive order preventing deportations.
Trump talked about how the number of new coronavirus cases is rising in many European countries while falling in the US.
“Last week France and Germany both recorded their highest number of new daily issues in three months,”; he said. “The average seven-day issue for Germany has risen by 62% since last week, unfortunately. And that is really unfortunate. It has increased by 82% in France.”
The President went on to mention additions to Spain, the United Kingdom and other European countries.
First facts: While it is true that the number of new cases reported daily in the US is declining and the number of cases in many European countries is rising, Trump was deceiving by inaction: he did not mention that European countries still have far fewer cases that the US even after their recent increases and even population adjustment.
On August 3, the German average was 720 new cases. This is a 19% increase, not a 62% increase. (Trump was not clear when exactly he was starting and stopping his calculation; it is possible to get an increase as large as the one he mentioned starting the clock in July.)
The president erroneously said that New York City fired police officers without justification.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio should immediately hire all police officers who were fired without justification. They were fired. I think this is part of the slander of the police by the Democrats. They should hire the best back of New York City, “Trump said.
First facts: Police officers in New York City were not systematically fired from their jobs.
Trump’s claim that New York City police were fired is false. He is challenging the decision to cancel a new class of recruits with the dismissal of active-duty officers.
The new class of recruits that were canceled was scheduled to begin next month, and the cancellation was part of a nationwide employment freeze. Another new class of recruits is currently planned for October.
While discussing the coronavirus and getting schools to reopen, Trump also cited his desire to raise college football and running and said players would not have “a major problem” with the coronavirus.
“These are strong young people, they will not have a big problem with the China virus,” Trump told players. Trump also said he hoped student athletes “would be able to fight.” [the virus] off “and said that” most of them will never get it, statistically. ”
During a radio interview that morning Trump made similar comments about college football, saying that “the disease has very little impact on young people, the immune system and plus, they are in good health.”
The condition is found “in at least five Big Ten Conference athletes and among several other athletes at other conferences,” according to ESPN sources. The potential health risks associated with heart condition have prompted conference meetings across the US, ESPN reported.
During the press conference, Trump also repeated some false claims.
Asked about the millions of people facing possible deportation, Trump said: “We are not allowing this to happen. … We will not allow the people – the Democrats, maybe they do not care, but I care “And we signed an executive offer – you know, the executive order – you know it, or not. And we’re not letting people get kicked out.”
When he said, “we are not allowing people to be deported,” Trump may have been making a future promise rather than simply outlining his executive order. But he at least left the impression that the order itself prevents evictions.
Obama, Biden and “betrayal”
For the second consecutive press conference, Trump suggested that former President Barack Obama betrayed for allegedly spying on his campaign. This time, Trump added former Vice President Joe Biden to the list.
“We caught Joe Biden, President Obama, the whole group,” Trump said, adding, “This was an illegal act like no other illegal act. This was treason. This was the highest level of treason. And “Obama and Biden were caught spying on my campaign.”
Facts First: Nothing about the investigation into the Trump campaign relations with Russia is far from closely fulfilling the Constitution’s definition of treason. There is no evidence that Obama or Biden did anything illegal. And there is no evidence that Obama or Biden personally directed the FBI to monitor people in the Trump campaign.
Also, FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was appointed by Trump, has said he will not use the word “espionage” to describe what he called “eavesdropping activity.” But this is more subjective.