Wait, what?

Courtesy of WaPo:

While the novel coronavirus continues to surge through the United States, President Trump noted on Monday that other countries have also seen recent rises. Case in point, he told supporters at a Minnesota airport: New Zealand.

“You’ve seen what’s going on in New Zealand?” Trump said of the island nation, which went months without any new covid-19 cases. “Big surge in New Zealand. It’s terrible. We don’t want that.”

New Zealand has seen the virus return this month — but on Monday, it recorded just nine new cases. On Tuesday, 13 more were reported. The United States, where at least 167,000 have now died, has recently averaged around 50,000 new cases each day.

Politicians in New Zealand reacted with anger to Trump’s attempt at contrasting their widely hailed pandemic strategy with the U.S., which has had more than 5.4 million confirmed cases to date.

“Anyone who is following will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day do not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters on Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s patently wrong.”

Hearing Trump attack New Zealand over their handful of cases while virtually every state in this country is showing significantly higher numbers is the kind of thing that murders brain cells. 

I would also point out that New Zealand’s Prime Minister immediately locked down the area where these cases originated and that doings will likely contain the infection and keep it from spreading even further. 

If America had such decisive leadership just imagine how many lives could have been saved. 

Jacinda Ardern is up for reelection soon, by the way, anybody want to bet on just how big her landslide victory might be?