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Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on President Trump ‘Slow Down the Testing’ Comments

Jun 22, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s admission on Saturday that he has pushed officials to purposefully slow down coronavirus testing in order to keep recorded case numbers low:

“Nearly 120,000 Americans have been killed by the coronavirus and millions have been infected. The only way we can control the spread of this lethal virus is with a comprehensive effort to test, trace and treat those infected. Yet the President openly admitted this weekend that he has encouraged officials to slow down these life-saving efforts to artificially lower the recorded number of cases in a callous effort to boost his own image. The president’s remarks make it clear that he is willing to let more Americans die in order to boost his chances of re-election in November. He is a danger to the American people and Congress must act now to push for more comprehensive COVID-19 testing.”