COVID-19: ‘4.18 million Americans have been tested’, says Donal Trump

“We have ordered a lot of them,” the president says, announcing he will evoke the US defence production act to make sure more swabs are available.
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Donald Trump at MSNBC news channel

Trump says that 4.18 million Americans have been tested for the coronavirus, adding that testing is expanding “rapidly” and by “millions and millions of people”.

“No country is close to us,” in testing, he claims.

The president holds up a swab that he says can be used for testing, comparing it to a Q-tip.

“We have ordered a lot of them,” the president says, announcing he will evoke the US defence production act to make sure more swabs are available.

“Swabs are easy, ventilators are hard,” he adds, before calling the US “the king of ventilators”.

Trump praises Democratic governors

President Trump thanks New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his work amid the virus outbreak.

“We’re building hospitals,” Trump, a Republican, says. “He’s worked very well with us.”

“Frankly, the governor of Michigan was very good with us on beds,” Trump says of Governor Gretchen Whitmer in regards to supplying hospital beds for patients.

The remarks mark a change in tone for the president who has traded barbs with governors over their virus response.

Trump plays a video clip of Cuomo praising the White House.

“I just think it’s so good because it’s bipartisan,” he says.

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