In a sit down interview with AXIOS's Jonathan Swan on Monday, the president handed the reporter a series of charts and graphs to illustrate that America is "lower than the world" for COVID-19, Daily Mail reported.
A confused Swan clarifies he was asking about death as a proportion of population, not death as a proportion of cases.
"That’s where the US is really bad," the reporter said of the death as population propotion cases, adding, "Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc."
Trump responds, "You can’t do that."
'Why can’t I do that?' Swan fires back.
"You have to go by where - look, here is the United States," Trump says, holding out of his charts. "You have to go by the cases," he said.
"Why not as a proportion of the population?" Swan says.
"What it says is that when you have someone where there's a case, the people that live from those cases," Trump said.
A skeptical Swan replies that it's "surely relevant" to consider the statistics involving the number of deaths compared to a country's population, while Trump insists that "You have to go by the cases".
Swan then points to South Korea, which he says has a population of 51million, but only 300 coronavirus deaths.
"You don't know that," Trump said.
Swan, in surprise, responded, "You think they're faking their statistics? South Korea, an advanced country?"
"I won't get into that because we have a very good relationship with the country. But you don't know that. And they have spikes," Trump said.
The conversation then moves on to a discussion of the fact that America currently does more testing than other countries, which Trump says is part of what accounts for why the US is reporting so many coronavirus cases.
"Don't we get credit for that?" Trump asked, eventually noting that "Death is way down from where it was" and claims that "Where it was is much higher than where it is right now".
Swan, however, said that the number of coronavirus cases in the US "went down then it went up again".
"But now it's going down again. It's going down in Arizona. It's going down in Florida. It's going down in Texas," he said.
Swan, who had pointed out that it's national numbers that had gone down, asked with disbelief, "It's going down in Florida?"
Florida had been among the states to have experienced a sudden, exponential resurgence in coronavirus cases after the state reopened quickly.
"Yeah it leveled out and it's going down, that's my report as of yesterday," Trump said.
It was not immediately clear what day Trump's latest reports were referring to.
However, the Florida Department of Health reported Monday that 4,752 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 491,884.
Tampa Bay Times reported that that was the lowest number of daily infections reported since mid-June and about half the average number of new positive infections reported daily from the prior week.
It was also said to be the second straight day of lower infections reported in the state.