Looking at Germany and South Korea specifically, our numbers per capita are terrible. IT couldn't understand the difference.
(I love the concept of referring to the squatter in the Oval Office as IT!)
Arguing that we test a ton and then our death rate is low. Well, the death rate would be low because we test a lot, the 2 points don't support each other for us doing a good job.
And the US is 9th in deaths per capita, while we are 18th in tests per capita.
I prefer to add "SO FAR".
Many of those Countries with worse outcomes ahead of us on the list are well over the hump. We are heading into a new peak. I suspect that we will catch up to a number of them.
The rate we're heading vs the rest of the world, only San Martino and Belgium will end up worse than the US in terms of deaths per capita.
he will only accept information that is positive toward him. He became flustered when Swan corrected him using facts.
That and trumps self promotion and general befuddlement during the interview.
He wasn't sure which one was being discussed
As a proportion of cases shows how well treatment is going though.
This is all Trump knows. Hes not prepared if anything else is mentioned and he didnt support the number he was using. The staff either didnt spell that out to him or he just cant retain it. He gets these graphs and its al Oooh Awww isnt that the best? Its really great! ....you see it has to be great because its associated with him.
And this line of questioning undercuts one of the insinuations of that talking point. Having lower deaths per case is either a sign that we're testing so much we are catching cases other countries miss, or that our health system is better at saving lives, both of which are things Trump would consider brag-worthy. That's why he wants to use that metric.
But Trump's big failure is how widespread the disease has gotten compared to other countries, and with it how widespread the suffering and death, and comparing deaths per population captures that in a decidedly un-brag-worthy fashion.
Thanks, folks, Also reading some good opinion pieces on this - Greg Sargent in WaPo.