White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday that President Donald Trump was making a "factual point" on Saturday when he said during his White House Independence Day speech that COVID-19 is "totally harmless" to 99% of Americans.
"The president was making a factual point that most people will recover from coronavirus who get it," McEnany said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "A small fraction of people fall victim to coronavirus in a fatal way and that's because as we see, . . .we have ways to treat this. When you look at the mortality rates across the world we are far below Italy, we are below Germany and below France and it's because of the great work we put in."
Trump is monitoring the recent disease surges, said McEnany, and believes the nation has the tools to fight back, including convalescent plasma and Remdesivir.
Meanwhile, his campaign is planning a rally in New Hampshire and will be giving out masks and recommend people attending the rally wear them.
Trump is also regularly briefed on the disease from several different doctors, and the United States has "stepped up" to fight coronavirus, she added.
"We have the lowest mortality rates, one of the lowest in the entire world and that is because of American innovation," McEnany said.
McEnany also defended Trump's Monday tweet attacking NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, calling on him to apologize to the sports leaders after news of a noose hanging in his garage turned out to be a "hoax."
"The president is making a broader point that judging before the facts are out is not acceptable," she said. "The president is merely pointing out that we have to let the facts come out before we rush to judgment and there was no hate crime committed against Bubba Wallace as determined by the FBI and as noted in a NASCAR statement."
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