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Alex Azar to Newsmax: Trump Was Joking About Slowing Down Testing

(Newsmax TV/"Spicer & Co.")

By    |   Monday, 22 June 2020 08:06 PM

President Donald Trump was just kidding when he recently said he told federal health officials to slow down coronavirus testing throughout the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Newsmax TV.  

"When you do testing to that extent you're going to find more people, you're going to find cases," Trump said."So I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down, please.' They test and they test. We got tests for people who don't know what's going on."

The president made the comment to an audience at his Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"President Trump has led the creation of this historic testing system here in the United States where we lead the world in testing. He was being tongue in cheek there just having fun with the crowd," Azar told Monday's "Spicer & Co.."

Azar continued, "He's driving us toward ever-higher levels of testing, penetration of testing, over 25 million tests done. We did three and a half million tests just last week."

He said the testing blitz is a part of an overall plan from the government to help the country reopen more safely.

"Half a million a day is our current rate, and that's an important part of our strategy for reopening this country, surveillance, testing, containment, health system capacity, therapeutics and vaccine, the six-part strategy that President Trump has built that lets us get our country back to work, back to school and back to health care," Azar said.

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