Campaign adviser defends Trump’s remarks on COVID-19 cases, doctors

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Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on Sunday defended President Trump’s claim that doctors are profiting from coronavirus deaths and said Democratic governors must reopen their states and get the country “back to normal.”

ABC News’ anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Miller why the president “attacks doctors working on the front lines?”

“I don’t think he was attacking anybody at all,” Miller said on “This Week” in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I think he was talking about how most Americans want to safely and securely reopen the country, get back to work, get back to life as normal,” Miller said.

But Stephanopoulos pushed back: “We all just saw it. He was talking about doctors’ inflating COVID deaths for money.”

“I’m not going to get into the billing aspects of which there have been many reports on. There have been all sorts of independent reports pointing to that,” Miller said.

“But the fact of the matter is, people want to get their life back to normal. They’re tired of the lockdowns. You look at these Democratic run states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, we’re seeing this on the campaign trail with rallies, people are tired of these lockdowns they want to safely reopen,” he said.

Trump, at a campaign rally in Michigan on Friday night, questioned the motives behind doctors’ reporting on the number of coronavirus cases.

“Our doctors get more money if someone dies from COVID. 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,’” Trump said.

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