Donald Trump has lashed out at a university study on coronavirus and called it a "political hit job."
Researched published this week from Columbia University found that an estimated 36,000 lives could have been prevented in the US if social distancing and lockdown measures were implemented just a week before they were actually introduced.
The study that was released on Wednesday, showing that if measures had been put in place on 15 March, 55 per cent of infections and 61.6 per cent of deaths might not have happened in the United States, bringing their overall cases to around 700,000, which is considerably below their current total of 1.6 million.
Unsurprisingly Trump wasn't too happy about this and called a scientific study by a university a "political hit job" against him and claimed, without evidence, that Columbia is a 'liberal institution'.
I was so early. I was earlier than anybody thought. I put a ban on people coming in from China. Everybody thought me on that. Nancy Pelosi, a month later was dancing in the streets of San Francisco, in Chinatown. I was way early. Columbia is an institution that is very liberal. I think it's just a political hit job if you want to know the truth.
"I think it's just a political hit job, to tell you the truth," he says of the Columbia University study https://t.co/tgSTB5fv4x