The US president likewise hits back at criticism over his announcement he was taking a potentially fatal malaria drug.
Donald Trump has claimed the reality the US has 1.5 million affirmed coronavirus cases – the majority of any country on the world – is a “symbol of respect”.
The nation has endured very nearly 92,000 deaths of individuals with COVID-19, yet the president suggested the infection figures should to be a source of pride.
“By the way, you know when you state that we lead in cases, that is on the grounds that we have more testing than any other individual,” he told columnists at the White House.
“So when we have a ton of cases, I don’t take a gander at that as an awful thing, I look at that as, in a specific respect, just like something worth being thankful for in light of the fact that it implies our testing is much better.
“So I see it as a symbol of respect. Extremely, it’s a badge of honor.
“It’s an extraordinary to the testing and the entirety of the work that a lot of experts have done.”
Mr. Trump also emphatically shielded himself against criticism from medical specialists that his choice to announce he was taking a malaria sickness medication to forestall coronavirus could spark wide misuse of the unproven treatment with potentially fatal reactions.
His revelation on Monday that he was taking hydroxychloroquine got numerous in his organization off guard set off an earnest exertion by authorities to justify the announcement.
In any case, their attempt to address the worries of health experts was undercut by the president himself.
While offering no evidence, he suggested a study of veterans raising alarm about the drug was “false” and an “enemy statement”, despite his own government stating the drug should be administered for COVID-19 only in a hospital or research setting.
“If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape,” he said.
The comments were apparently concerning an investigation of several patients treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in which a greater amount of those in a gathering who were regulated hydroxychloroquine kicked the bucket than among the individuals who weren’t.
“They were very old. Practically dead,” he said.
“It was a Trump enemy statement.” The medication has likewise not been protected or treat the infection in various different studies.