“The United States has produced dramatically better health outcomes than any other country with the possible exception of Germany,” Trump declared at a White House briefing Saturday.
“On a per-capita basis our mortality rate is far lower than other nations of western Europe,” he said.
While the US has reported a higher absolute number of deaths than the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and others, the rate of deaths per 100,000 people is considerably lower.
“Spain, for example has a mortality rate approximately four times that of the United States,” Trump said.
“But you don’t want to report it,” he told the reporters in the briefing room.
White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx backed the president with a bar chart that showed alarmingly high per-capita death rates throughout the European Union.
“With these numbers you realize how great the care has been for every American who has been hospitalized,” she said.
Both Birx and Trump pointed to declining hospitalization numbers in hot spots nationwide, including New York, Louisiana, Michigan and Rhode Island.
“We continue to see a number of positive signs that the virus is past its peak,” Trump said.