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Trump boasts about Covid response as December becomes deadliest month yet


#President #Donald #Trump speaking in a released video on #Twitter on #Dec. 31st, 2020.

The #White #House | #Twitter

WASHINGTON — #In the final days of 2020, the #United #States saw coronavirus deaths spike, cases surge to staggering levels, hospitals strained and the rollout of desperately needed vaccines fall short of expectations.

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#December was the deadliest month for #America during the pandemic. #Yet #President #Donald #Trump barely uttered a word about #Covid-19’s tragic toll.

#Instead, the president spent the month obsessing over unfounded claims of a stolen election, delaying relief legislation before signing it, weighing in on cable news broadcasts, and lashing out at members of his own party.

#And, on #Thursday, the last day of the month and the year, #Trump tweeted a video in which he boasted about his administration’s response to the pandemic.

#During #December, the country plunged into what would become its toughest battle against #Covid-19, even as vaccines started to go out. The nation reported more than 6.1 million new infections and more than 74,140 deaths, according to data compiled by #Johns #Hopkins #University.

The latest totals make #December the deadliest month of the #Covid-19 pandemic in the #United #States, surpassing #April, when more than 60,738 #Americans lost their lives to the coronavirus.

#Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, at least 342,414 #Americans have died because of the disease, which #Trump has repeatedly pledged on 40 different occasions would go away.

#In a recorded message released #Thursday, #Trump took the lion’s share of the credit for the unprecedented speed in the development of vaccines calling the feat a “medical miracle.”

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“#Thanks to #Operation #Warp #Speed we developed a vaccine in just nine months, we’ve already begun a nationwide vaccination program, and we’re sending the vaccine all over the world. The world will benefit we’ll benefit, and everybody’s calling to thank me,” the president said.

#Trump also took a moment to praise his work on the economy, saying that his administration “built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

“#We’re doing numbers now like nobody’s ever seen before, including having the highest stock market in the history of the world,” #Trump said, adding “the best is yet to come” in his sign off.

The #White #House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

#Tweets and golfing

#President #Donald #Trump golfs at #Trump #National #Golf #Club on #November 21, 2020 in #Sterling, #Virginia.

#Tasos #Katopodis | #Getty #Images

The president’s refusal to address other aspects of the unfolding public health disaster comes as the governors of #Colorado and #California confirm a new and potentially more infectious strain of #Covid-19 in their states.

#Hospital struggles and vaccine stumbles

#Medical staff members prepare to perform a percutaneous tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during #Thanksgiving at the #United #Memorial #Medical #Center on #November 26, 2020 in #Houston, #Texas.

#Go #Nakamura | #Getty #Images





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