President Donald Trump in a Twitter post on Thursday said that the United States reaching 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus was “a very sad milestone.” The tweet was published a day after that number actually was hit.
“To all of the families friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy love for everything that these great people stood for represent. God be with you!,” Trump wrote.
By the time Trump posted his tweet on Thursday morning, there were at least 100,442 official Covid-19 deaths reported in the U.S., with nearly 1.7 million confirmed cases in the country. The U.S. accounts for more than 28% of the reported deaths from Covid-19 in the world.
A White House spokesman a day earlier had issued a statement after the 100,000 tally was reached, saying, “President Trump’s prayers for comfort and strength are with all of those grieving the loss of a loved one or friend as a result of this unprecedented plague, and his message to this great Nation remains one of resilience, hope and optimism.”
“The American people have always been strong and resilient, and the President is proud of their spirit, courage and determination every single day to defeat this virus,” the spokesman said.
But Trump did not tweet about or publicly address the grim milestone until Thursday.
On Wednesday, when that threshold was reached, the president did retweet a Fox Business host who had called him “arguably the greatest president in history.’