President Donald Trump said “I don’t kid” when referring to slowing down Covid-19 testing after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spent all Monday defending him for making the comment “in jest.”
“I don’t kid, let me make it clear,” Trump said to reporters Tuesday. “We have got the greatest testing program anywhere in the world. We test better than anybody in the world. Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them. By having more tests, we find more cases. We did 25 million tests.”
“Here’s what I say: testing is a double-edged sword,” Trump said. “In one way, it tells you, you have cases. In other way, you find out where the cases are and you do a good job. We are doing a great job. We have never been credited for it. We’re doing the best testing job anywhere in the world.”
Trump campaign flack yesterday: “I understand there’s not much of a sense of humor at CNN Center. But the president was joking”
Trump to reporters moments ago, same topic: “I don’t kid”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 23, 2020
NEW: Asked whether he was kidding when he claimed at his Tulsa rally he had instructed officials to slow down COVID-19 testing, Pres. Trump says, “I don’t kid.”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
This pattern has happened many times. Trump says something controversial. WH plays defense. He undermines that defense.
Trump said he asked officials to slow down coronavirus testing. WH aides: He was joking. Today, Trump says, “I don’t kid” & testing is double-edged sword.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 23, 2020