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Trump boasts about his Covid response after largely ignoring crisis during deadliest month yet

President Donald Trump talk in a released video on Twitter on Dec. 31st, 2020.

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WASHINGTON — In the final days of 2020, the United Nationals saw coronavirus deaths spike, cases surge to staggering levels, hospitals strained and the rollout of desperately needed vaccines conquered short of expectations.

December was the deadliest month for America during the pandemic. Yet President Donald Trump barely uttered a dialogue about Covid-19’s tragic toll.

Instead, the president spent the month obsessing over unfounded claims of a lifted election, delaying relief legislation before signing it, weighing in on cable news broadcasts and lashing out at members of his own detachment.

And, on Thursday, the last day of the month and the year, Trump tweeted a video in which he boasted about his administration’s response to the pandemic.

During December, the hinterlands plunged into what would become its toughest battle against Covid-19, even as vaccines started to go out. The land reported more than 6.1 million new infections and more than 74,140 deaths, according to data ordered by Johns Hopkins University.

The latest totals make December the deadliest month of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United Says, surpassing April, when more than 60,738 Americans lost their lives to the coronavirus.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, at petty 342,414 Americans have died because of the disease, which Trump has repeatedly pledged on 40 different prompts would go away.

In a recorded message released Thursday, Trump took the lion’s share of the credit for the unprecedented run in the development of vaccines calling the feat a “medical miracle.”

“Thanks to Operation Warp Speed we developed a vaccine in no more than nine months, we’ve already begun a nationwide vaccination program, and we’re sending the vaccine all over the world. The world force benefit we’ll benefit, and everybody’s calling to thank me,” the president said.

Trump also took a moment to praise his shape on the economy, saying that his administration “built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

“We’re doing numbers now like no one’s ever seen before, including having the highest stock market in the history of the world,” Trump said, uniting “the best is yet to come” in his sign off.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tweets and golfing

Trump, who worn out the past week vacationing at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, returned to the White House on Thursday as lawmakers weighed legislation that would increase Covid relief payments to $2,000 amid historic unemployment and business closures.

The president himself rebuffed for these higher payments, although the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has resisted holding a standalone come out for on the bill providing for the higher payments, which passed with bipartisan support in the House.

While in Palm Littoral, Trump spent several days golfing at his for-profit golf course and sent 110 tweets which were in great measure focused on false claims of a rigged presidential election and the upcoming Senate runoff votes in Georgia.

Trump, notwithstanding a slew of failed legal challenges, has not conceded the election to Democrat Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20. The president also recanted to Twitter to garner support for an upcoming rally in Georgia.

President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf League on November 21, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia.

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The president’s refusal to address other attributes of the unfolding public health disaster comes as the governors of Colorado and California confirm a new and potentially more infectious vestige of Covid-19 in their states.

Hospital struggles and vaccine stumbles

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Ban said earlier Wednesday that the new strain could add pressure to the nation’s hospitals, which are already overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.

Staff-strapped nursing homes from coast to coast are already running out of available intensive-care units and standard beds for the surge in patients, figures published by the Department of Health and Human Services shows.

Medical staff members prepare to perform a percutaneous tracheostomy standard operating procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

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Earlier this month, the United States began to roll out vaccines to combat the disease. But health officials compel ought to warned that a vaccine won’t give the country immediate relief from the outbreak.

The nation’s health officials be subjected to previously said their goal is to vaccinate at least 20 million Americans with their first never boosts before the end of the year. They are set to fall well short of that goal.

Read more: Trump blames shapes as he faces criticism for slow Covid vaccine rollout

More than 11.4 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s two-dose vaccines partake of been distributed across the country as of Monday morning. Approximately 2.1 million of those shots have been directed to people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trump, facing criticism for the missed vaccination goal, reproofed on the disorganized rollout of the vaccines on states.

“The Federal Government has distributed the vaccines to the states,” the president said in a tweet. “Now it is up to the shapes to administer. Get moving!”

— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger, Will Feuer and Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this report.

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