by Anders Hagstrom
President Donald Trump and Axios reporter Jonathan Swan squared off on coronavirus statistics in an interview released Monday, with Trump objecting to data that makes the U.S. look bad.
The moment came when Trump and Swan disagreed over what the U.S. coronavirus “death rate” is, with Trump arguing the U.S. is doing very well and Swan arguing the U.S. is far worse than many developed countries. The discrepancy arose from Trump citing the mortality rate among confirmed cases, whereas Swan looked to the death rate as a proportion of a nation’s population.
“Look at South Korea for example: 51 million population, 300 deaths,” Swan said. “It’s like, it’s crazy.”
“You don’t know that,” Trump countered.