US President Donald Trump in an explosive statement on Wednesday claimed that India was one of the countries that do not accurately disclose the number of deaths due to COVID-19. He said this while speaking in the first presidential debate against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Trump added that India along with Russia and China “did not exactly give a straight count” on deaths due to the COVID-19. Biden said that the US has more than seven million cases and over 200,000 deaths.
Replying to this statement, Trump said, “When you talk about numbers, you don’t know how many people died in China. You don’t know the deaths in Russia or in India… they don’t exactly give you a straight count, just so you understand.”
According to the President, by closing the country early they were able to save thousands of lives and went on to even attack Biden stating, “If it was left to you, millions of people would have died. You could have never have done the job we did. You don’t have the blood to do the job.”
Biden even claimed that Trump has no plan to combat the pandemic and added, “The President has no plan. He knew in February how serious this crisis was, but what did he do? I laid out in March what we should be doing, and did so again in July. We should we providing funds to people so they can get the help they need.”
This is the first debate ahead of the US elections on November 3 which saw the two candidates exchange words and spar on several topics. This includes the vacant Supreme Court seat, the ongoing protests against racial inequality, healthcare, climate change, and mail-in ballots.
Biden was also targeted for his son Hunter’s alleged links to Ukraine and Trump was questioned over a report that alleged he paid only $750 in taxes in the first two years of his presidency.
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