DONALD TRUMP has sensationally claimed that coronavirus "affects virtually nobody," despite the death toll from the virus in the United States surpassing 200,000.
The President insinuated that Covid-19 only really threatens old people or those with health issues, and that people with good immune systems aren't affected by it.
"It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. That's what it really affects," he said at a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday.
"In some states ... nobody young, nobody below the age of 18, nobody. They have a strong immune system who knows? Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system.
"Because it affects virtually nobody, it's an amazing thing."
"It affects virtually nobody," Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting pic.twitter.com/qHrZvUWNhX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
He ended by encouraging America to "open your schools" in another display of nonchalantness towards the threat of Covid-19.
Along with killing more than 200,000 Americans, coronavirus has also infected nearly seven million citizens.
Trump has been widely criticised for downplaying the threat of the disease ever since the outbreak began, but was scrutinised earlier this month when an audio recording was released which appeared to feature him talking about how serious the viral threat was to the country.
The President has gone back and forth ever the since the audio - which was reportedly recorded in February 2020 - made the news.
He initially claimed that he downplayed the seriousness of the virus in order to stop the American people from panicking, before days later sensationally claiming that he in fact underplayed the threat.