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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday rejected President Trump's rosy assessment that the country is winning the fight against the coronavirus, saying there's a long road ahead while calling on Republicans to support another huge COVID-19 relief package.
"The president is delusional when he says we've turned the corner on this," Pelosi told MSNBC. "We haven't. We have miles to go."
During Thursday night's presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump downplayed the severity of the virus, noting his own recovery from COVID-19 and claiming his administration's handling of the pandemic had prevented millions of deaths.
"If you take a look at what we’ve done in terms of goggles and masks and gowns and everything else, and in particular ventilators — we’re now making ventilators all over the world, thousands and thousands a month distributing them all over the world," he said.
"It will go away," he added. "And as I say, we’re rounding the turn. We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away."
The United States had seen a spike in coronavirus cases in April, another in Jul and is now experiencing a third surge. On Thursday, the country reported more than 75,000 new infections, a 32 percent jump from two weeks earlier, and more than 800 deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities above 223,000 — the highest in the world.
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