Trump Says ’99 Percent’ of COVID Cases Are Harmless

Donald Trump spoke at the White House’s annual Fourth of July celebration on Saturday and used the opportunity to criticize the pandemic response.

“American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth,” he said during his speech. “We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing.”

He continued, “We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms,” later claiming that protestors are lying “about the past in order to gain power in the present.”

“We’ve made a lot of progress, our strategy is moving along well,” said the president, who did not wear a face mask. “It goes out in one area and rears back its ugly face in another area, but we’ve learned a lot. We’ve learned how to put out the flame.”

In addressing the pandemic, Trump claimed testing has shown that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases “are totally harmless.”

However, Johns Hopkins University estimated the fatality rate in the United States is 4.6 percent, according to CNN. All cases are harmful as those who are asymptomatic can also spread the virus.

Trump then claimed that there will likely be a therapeutic solution or vaccine ready “long before the end of the year.”

Watch the full speech below: