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At the poll rally, Trump points Modi to speak up his Covid-19 record

By Suvan Bose

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump spoke up his administration’s feedback to the Covid-19 epidemic, saying to supporters at an election rally that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fascinated and praised him on the range of the testing in the United States.

The president, who has endured criticism of his management of the epidemic that has killed almost 190,000 Americans, arrived under additional inspection these past few days for admitting to Bob Woodward, for his upcoming book, that he had deemphasized the danger from the virus though he knew exactly how deadly it was.

Trump accuses a large number of US infections — 6.4 million — on more testing, which he goes on to compare to lower testing numbers in India many times before, to protect his administration’s reaction. He also throws in the extent of the population of the two countries for effect.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The United States had administered 95.6 million tests by Saturday afternoon. India had completed 56.2 million, according to the Indian Council Medical Research. The president, it appears, used an outdated number for India’s testing total when he said the US was ahead by 44 million.

Shortly, Trump moved on to other topics at the rally. But bringing up Modi to support his reaction to the Covid-19 epidemic was possibly a first and, notably, at an election rally.

Trump trails former Vice-President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, in national polls; however, the gap has reduced in recent days and will lower more closer to November 3, the Election Day. He is now after Biden by 7.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

The Trump 2020 campaign newly released a video created of clips from the “Howdy Modi” event that he attended with Modi in Houston last September and the “Namaste Trump” rally at Ahmedabad in February, in a bid to pursue 1.8 million Indian Americans voters; they could calculate in battleground states.

Biden has selected an Indian American, Senator Kamala Harris, as his running mate, and rolled out a broad plan for the welfare of Indian Americans and for US-India relations in case he was elected president.

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