U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020.
Joshua Roberts | Reuters
President Donald Trump called on the Americans on Monday to stop politicizing the corona virus, only to attribute the outbreak in the US to China a few moments later.
"We have to stop politicizing the virus, we have to agree on how this virus came to America, how this virus was born," Trump said during a White House press conference on the coronavirus pandemic. "And we're going to find out, and we're going to find out, and we're very angry about it."
Moments later, Trump accused China when he spoke about extending the freeze on evictions due to the pandemic. On Saturday he signed an executive order extending federal protection against evictions after a moratorium expired at the end of July.
"It's not their fault. The virus came from China. It's China's fault," he said.
Trump claimed nearly half of all US deaths from the "China virus" were in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Originating from Wuhan, China, a little over seven months ago, the virus has infected more than 20 million people worldwide and killed at least 732,128 people, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US has the world's worst outbreak, with more than 5 million cases and at least 162,950 deaths, Hopkins data shows.
Trump has repeatedly accused China of causing and exacerbating the pandemic in the United States. China hid the extent of its outbreak early on.
However, public health experts say the Trump administration is not reacting quickly to contain the virus. The lack of a coordinated response between the federal government and states, as well as early missteps in testing, is one of the main reasons the US has so many cases.
Trump on Monday also pointed to the nation's progress on the pandemic, saying US health officials continue to see "encouraging signs". He said the rate of new cases in Florida and Texas, as well as hospitalizations, continues to fall. The US continues to monitor states in the Midwest that have spiked
"I want to say that in a very short time we will be in good shape in this country," he said.