The White House’s science policy office listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as a first term accomplishment of Donald Trump’s as a number of states across the country set record numbers for new coronavirus cases.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy credits the Trump administration for taking “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”
This as the country reported 489,769 confirmed cases of the coronavirus last week and set a new record of 83,000 cases in a single day. Hospitalizations are also up across the country.
The White House is trying to walk back the release. Alyssa Farrah the White House strategic communications director said the release was “poorly worded.”
“The intent was to say that it is our goal to end the virus,” Farah said. “Cases are still rising and we need the American public to remain vigilant. This is the top priority of the president, defeating this virus and rebuilding our economy.”
The U.S. so far has recorded more than 8.7 million coronavirus cases and at least 226,000 deaths, more than any other country.