(USA Features) President Donald Trump expressed “doubts” about China’s official coronavirus infection and death rates as the number of cases in the U.S. surpassed those reported by Beijing.
The virus originated in Wuhan City, China, and there have been reports that the Communist government has falsified its virus-related data to make it appear as though the country did not suffer as many casualties.
Trump, on Thursday, appeared to be channeling those reports.
“You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” the president said when asked by a reporter whether he was surprised that the United States has surpassed China, The Epoch Times reported.
A tracking map published by Johns Hopkins University currently shows that the United States has 83,507 confirmed cases, compared to China which has an official confirmed case total of 81,782, the news site added.
The president noted further that he believes the increase in cases being reported in the United States is “a tribute to the testing—we’re testing tremendous numbers of people … We’re doing tremendous testing.”
“I’m sure you’re not able to tell what China is testing or not testing,” Trump told the reporter. “I think that’s a little hard.”
Trump said he was scheduled to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping by phone Thursday night.
“According to The Epoch Times’ investigations, China’s actual number of cases and deaths from the CCP virus are likely to be more than 10 times higher than what is being reported,” the news site noted further.