Trump defends US coronavirus testing as 'very much on par' with other countries
Added 03-30-20 07:58:02pm EST - “President Trump on Monday insisted that America's ability to test for coronavirus is "very much on par" with other countries, criticizing a reporter who asked why the U.S. isn't testing as many people per capita than South Korea.” - Thehill.com
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE on Monday insisted that America’s ability to test for coronavirus is “very much on par” with other countries, criticizing a reporter who asked why the U.S. isn’t testing as many people per capita than South Korea.
Trump said at a Monday evening White House press conference that the population of the U.S. is far more spread out, with less-dense regions that have seen less of an impact from COVID-19, suggesting that testing was not needed in those places.
“I know South Korea better than anybody. It’s an area that’s very tight. You know how many people are in Seoul?” Trump asked "PBS NewsHour" reporter Yamiche Alcindor.
Trump described the makeup of Seoul as “38 million people all tightly wound together,” though the population of the South Korean capital is estimated to be around 10 million.
“We have vast farmlands. We have vast areas where they don’t have much of a problem. In some cases they have no problem whatsoever,” the president continued. “We have done more tests — I didn’t talk about per capita — we have done more tests by far than any country in the world.”
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