Trump 'didn't know people died from the flu.' But it killed his grandfather (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump visited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s main Atlanta campus on Friday, and made quite the scene.
Addressing reporters in a press conference from the lab, he let slip that he didn't think people died from the flu.
“Over the last long period of time, you have an average of 36,000 people dying,” Trump said.
“I never heard those numbers. I would’ve been shocked. I would’ve said, ‘Does anybody die from the flu? I didn’t know people died from the flu.’ … And again, you had a couple of years where it was over a 100,000 people died from the flu.”
But, Trump's own grandfather died from the flu in 1918. You'd think he'd have known this about one of his own immediate family members.
Trump has been trying his hardest in recent days to downplay the threat of the coronavirus, saying it's just like the flu, and supposedly not that bad in comparison.
He defended gutting the federal government's pandemic preparedness over his first three years in office by saying: "I just think this is something that you can never really think is going to happen."
He also talked in length about how smart he is and how well he understands public health.
Before he was done he took the liberty of smearing Washington state Governor Jay Inslee: "I told Mike [Pence] not to be complimentary of the governor, because that governor is a snake."