During today’s coronavirus briefing, President Trump said “we are near the peak and our comprehensive strategy is working.”
Trump also predicted a death toll of less than the 100k projected last week.
Fox News reports President Trump on Friday said he believes the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic will be “substantially less” than the 100,000 projected last week, arguing the country is nearing the peak of the outbreak.
During a coronavirus task force briefing that lasted more than two hours, Trump also said he understands the gravity of the situation as he prepares to make a decision on when to ease social distancing guidelines to open the economy: “I would say without question it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House, the president walked back earlier projections from officials that the country could see between 100,000 and 240,000 coronavirus deaths.
“I think we’ll be substantially under that number,” Trump said. “In the midst of all this grief and pain, we’re seeing these signs and seeing them very strongly, and a lot of that has to do with our aggressive strategy in saving lives.”
Trump went on to say that “if you have 60,000 deaths, you can never be happy, but that’s a lot fewer than we were originally thinking.”
The “60,000” figure comes from updates to modeling, and a projection by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“We’ll see what it ends up being but it seems we’re heading to a number substantially below the 100 mark,” Trump said.