At Monday's coronavirus task force press briefing Donald Trump was asked if he deserves to be re-elected now that more American people have died from coronavirus than those that were killed during the Vietnam War.
On Tuesday, the US deaths for coronavirus reached a total of 58,365. During the Vietnam War, which lasted from 1955 to 1975, 58,220 Americans died.
Trump's lax and often confusing response to the pandemic has seen him widely ridiculed and criticised for failing to act quicker and protect people's health.
This all comes in an election year, where Trump will be facing the Democratic nominee Joe Biden at the polls, which is due to take place on 3 November.
With all this in mind Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine, knowing that the death toll would surpass that in Vietnam asked Trump if he deserved to win the election.
If an American president loses more Americans over the course of six weeks than died in the entirety of the Vietnam war does he deserve to be re-elected?
To say that Trump gave a clear and concise response to the question would be an understatement but to put it bluntly, he basically said 'yeah.' This is his full answer:
So, yeah, we have lost a lot of people but if you look at what original projections were 2.2 million we are probably heading to 60,000, 70,000--it's far too many. One person is too many for this and I think we made a lot of really good decisions.
The big decision was closing the border or doing the band people coming in from China obviously other than American citizens which had to come in, can't say you can't come in, you can't come back to your country. I think we have made a lot of good decisions.
I think that Mike Pence and the task force have done a fantastic job. I think that everybody working on the ventilators you see what we have done there, have done unbelievable. The press doesn't talk about ventilators anymore.
They just don't want to talk about them and that's okay but they reason they don't want to talk--that was the subject that nobody would get off of. They don't want to talk about them. We are in the same position on testing.
We are lapping the world on testing and the world is coming to us as I said they are coming to us saying what are you doing, how do you do it and we are helping them. So, no, I think we have done a great job and one person I will say this, one person is too many.
Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you.
Trump's response certainly raised a few eyebrows on Twitter, especially as Trump avoided participating in the Vietnam War because of 'bone spurs.'
Trump thinks he deserves to be re-elected despite presiding over more deaths than the Vietnam War because at least… https://t.co/H62kERjTVM
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)
Trump says he's done more than any other President.
He topped the Vietnam War body count in less than 6 weeks, so...yeah.
At the time of writing more than 58,000 people have died in the United States since the coronavirus broke out in the country in January, infecting more than one million across the nation, more than any other country in the world.