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Trump Adviser Stands by President’s Claim Doctors Boosting COVID Death Toll to Make Money

November 2, 2020by Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News

A top Trump campaign adviser stood by the president’s accusations that doctors are inflating coronavirus deaths in order to make money.

“There have been a number of reports that have raised issues out there regarding billing and things like that,” senior campaign aide Jason Miller said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

He’d been asked about Trump’s baseless suggestion Friday that doctors are manipulating the death toll from COVID.

“Our doctors get more money if someone dies from COVID,” he said at a rally in Waterford Township, Michigan. “You know that, right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say ‘I’m sorry, but everybody dies of COVID.”

While COVID cases are surging throughout the country, the president has also insisted the U.S. is “rounding the corner” on the pandemic.

Asked to defend that assertion, Miller said: “We’re right there on the cusp of having this vaccine finalized and ready for distribution … We have made such miraculous advancements in such a short amount of time.”

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers blasted Trump’s accusation about doctors as “a stupid thing to say.”

“Honest to God, it’s just breathtaking,” Evers, a Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re in a very difficult situation here. We should be pulling together.”

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