Trump boasts about Covid response as December becomes deadliest month yet

WASHINGTON — In the ultimate days of 2020, the United States noticed coronavirus deaths spike, instances surge to staggering ranges, hospitals strained and the rollout of desperately wanted vaccines fall in need of expectations.

December was the deadliest month for America in the course of the pandemic. Yet President Donald Trump barely uttered a phrase about Covid-19's tragic toll.

Instead, the president spent the month obsessing over unfounded claims of a stolen election, delaying aid laws earlier than signing it, weighing in on cable information broadcasts, and lashing out at members of his personal social gathering.

And, on Thursday, the final day of the month and the yr, Trump tweeted a video wherein he boasted about his administration's response to the pandemic.

During December, the nation plunged into what would change into its hardest battle in opposition to Covid-19, even as vaccines began to exit. The nation reported greater than 6.1 million new infections and greater than 74,140 deaths, in keeping with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The newest totals make December the deadliest month of the Covid-19 pandemic within the United States, surpassing April, when greater than 60,738 Americans misplaced their lives to the coronavirus.

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, no less than 342,414 Americans have died due to the illness, which Trump has repeatedly pledged on 40 totally different events would go away.

In a recorded message launched Thursday, Trump took the lion's share of the credit score for the unprecedented velocity within the improvement of vaccines calling the feat a "medical miracle."

"Thanks to Operation Warp Speed we developed a vaccine in just nine months, we've already begun a nationwide vaccination program, and we're sending the vaccine all over the world. The world will benefit we'll benefit, and everybody's calling to thank me," the president mentioned.

Trump additionally took a second to reward his work on the economic system, saying that his administration "built the greatest economy in the history of the world."

"We're doing numbers now like nobody's ever seen before, including having the highest stock market in the history of the world," Trump mentioned, including "the best is yet to come" in his log out.

The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Tweets and {golfing}

Trump, who spent the previous week vacationing at his non-public membership in Palm Beach, Florida, returned to the White House on Thursday as lawmakers debated laws that may enhance Covid aid funds to $2,000 amid historic unemployment and enterprise closures.

The president himself pushed for these larger funds, though the Republican chief within the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has resisted holding a standalone vote on the invoice offering for the upper funds, which handed with bipartisan assist within the House.

While in Palm Beach, Trump spent a number of days {golfing} at his for-profit golf course and despatched 110 tweets which had been largely centered on false claims of a rigged presidential election and the upcoming Senate runoff votes in Georgia.

Trump, regardless of a slew of failed authorized challenges, has not conceded the election to Democrat Joe Biden, who might be inaugurated Jan. 20. The president additionally took to Twitter to garner assist for an upcoming rally in Georgia.

President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 21, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images

The president's refusal to handle different facets of the unfolding public well being catastrophe comes as the governors of Colorado and California verify a brand new and probably extra infectious pressure of Covid-19 of their states.

Hospital struggles and vaccine stumbles

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned earlier Wednesday that the brand new pressure may add stress to the nation's hospitals, that are already overwhelmed with Covid-19 sufferers.

Staff-strapped hospitals from coast to coast are already working out of accessible intensive-care items and customary beds for the surge in sufferers, knowledge revealed by the Department of Health and Human Services reveals.

Medical workers members put together to carry out a percutaneous tracheostomy process on a affected person within the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) throughout Thanksgiving on the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas.Go Nakamura | Getty Images

Earlier this month, the United States started to roll out vaccines to fight the illness. But well being officers have warned {that a} vaccine received't give the nation speedy aid from the outbreak.

The nation's well being officers have beforehand mentioned their aim is to vaccinate no less than 20 million Americans with their first photographs earlier than the top of the yr. The will fall nicely in need of that aim.

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More than 11.4 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna's two-dose vaccines have been distributed throughout the nation as of Monday morning. Approximately 2.1 million of these photographs have been administered to individuals, in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trump, going through criticism for the missed vaccination aim, blamed on the disorganized rollout of the vaccines on states.

"The Federal Government has distributed the vaccines to the states," the president mentioned in a tweet. "Now it is up to the states to administer. Get moving!"

CNBC's Kevin Breuninger, Will Feuer and Noah Higgins Dunn contributed to this report.

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