WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asserting that deaths from COVID-19 are much higher in China than in the U.S., when the opposite is true. China has more than four times the population of the U.S. yet reported far fewer deaths The full reality cannot be divined. Trump routinely manipulates numbers and information to make the U.S response to the coronavirus pandemic look better than it is. China’s secretive leadership obscured the severity of the crisis for crucial weeks, and its numbers remain in question. As well, it is certain that deaths from the virus have not been fully reported in either country because the pandemic is still raging in the U.S. and still being accounted for in China. Even so, in a tweet Friday, Trump flipped a striking disparity on its head to form an empty boast: TRUMP: “China has just announced a doubling in the number of their deaths from the Invisible Enemy. It is far higher than that and far higher than the U.S., not even close!” THE FACTS: It’s the reverse. And the notion that China can overtake the U.S. in a final accounting of the dead is implausible. Even with the upward revision Friday… Read full this story
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