You can tell that the charges that Trump has been utterly incompetent in the way that he has handled the pandemic leading to far more people dying than necessary, is getting under his skin by the way that he gloated yesterday when New Zealand reported a cluster of new cases. That country and its leader Jacinda Ardern had been widely praised for their vigorous and decisive science-based response that resulted in a period of over 100 days with no new cases. To be compared unfavorably to the leader of another country, and a woman at that, must have really stung.
Donald Trump has called out New Zealand for its recent Covid-19 outbreak, saying the places the world hailed as a success story is now facing a “big surge” in cases.
“The places they were using to hold up now they’re having a big surge … they were holding up names of countries and now they’re saying ‘whoops!.
“Do you see what’s happening in New Zealand? They beat it, they beat it, it was like front-page news because they wanted to show me something,” the US president said at a campaign rally in Mankato, Minnesota.
“Big surge in New Zealand, you know it’s terrible, we don’t want that, but this is an invisible enemy that should never have been let to come to Europe and the rest of the world by China.”
The ‘big surge’ that Trump is talking about consisted of nine cases on Monday and 13 on Tuesday in Auckland with no deaths, while the US has been having around 50,000 cases and 1,000 deaths per day.
Ardern was not putting up with this.
“I think anyone who’s following Covid and its transmission globally will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands, and in fact does not compare to most countries in the world,” she told reporters.
“Obviously it’s patently wrong,” she said of Trump’s comments.
“We are still one of the best-performing countries in the world when it comes to COVID … our workers are focused on keeping it that way.”
New Zealand’s death rate per 100,000 people, at about 0.45 (according to Johns Hopkins data), is one of the lowest in the world thanks to strict lockdowns enforced early in the pandemic. The United States has a death rate of 51.98 per 100,000, one of the highest in the world.
The nerve of Ardern! Who is she, a mere woman, to say that Trump is wrong? She is clearly an angry, nasty, mean person, like we have never seen before.