White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told “Fox & Friends” Monday that there are facts and statistics — without citing any — to back up President Trump’s claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.”
The big picture: Nearly 130,000 Americans have died from the virus, and FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn declined to provide evidence to support Trump’s claim over the weekend.
While speaking at a Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, Trump said the U.S. has tested almost 40 million people and “by doing so, we show cases 99% of which are totally harmless,” per Politico.
Mark Meadows on Fox defends Trump false claim that “99 percent” of covid cases are totally harmless. “I don’t even know it’s a generalization,” saying stats show “vast majority of people are safe from this.” He said “risks are extremely low” for those without serious ailments
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 6, 2020
On Pres Trump saying 99% of Coronavirus cases “are totally harmless,” WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says except for the elderly with underlying conditions, “the risks are very low.” On @FoxNews, he said “the vast majority of people are safe.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 6, 2020
Pressed on the President’s false comments on Saturday that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless,” CoS Mark Meadows said he didn’t think it was a generalization. “The vast majority of people are safe from this,” he told Fox News. The JHU estimated fatality rate is 4.6%.
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 6, 2020