Donald Trump’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has been worrisome to a lot of Americans who believe he isn’t taking the crisis seriously. And on Saturday, the coronavirus claimed its first victim in American soil – who Trump claimed was a “wonderful woman.”
The problem is that it wasn’t a woman who died from the virus, it was a man, according to local authorities.
Jake Tapper and others took note of it on Twitter:
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, Washington, said during a CDC press briefing on Saturday that the Washington patient who died from the novel coronavirus was a man in his 50s.
Earlier today at the WH, POTUS said the patient was a woman.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 29, 2020
Washington officials just told reporters on a CDC call that the first coronavirus death in the U.S. was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions. Trump, Pence and Azar all said the patient was a woman. Pretty big detail to get wrong… h/t @owermohle for asking the Q
— Brianna Ehley (@Briannaehley) February 29, 2020
And here’s the CDC Director on the record about the President, VP & Azar erroneously identifying the first coronavirus fatality as a woman https://t.co/y5IyxlTrsc
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) February 29, 2020
Trump today praised the "wonderful woman" who was the first US victim of #coronavirus.
The CDC briefed reporters just now that the victim was actually a male.
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) February 29, 2020
The Washington patient who died from coronavirus was a man in his 50s, Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, Washington, said during CDC press briefing on Saturday.
President Trump said the person who died was a woman.
— David P Gelles (@gelles) February 29, 2020