Trump tells Tulsa crowd he wanted to "slow down" COVID-19 testing, WH says he was joking

“Testing is a double-edged sword,” he said, adding that the U.S. has conducted 25 million tests. “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”

He went on to joke that public health officials are conducting so many tests “that people don’t even know what’s going on.”…

A senior White House official told NBC News that Trump “was clearly speaking in jest to call out the media’s absurd coverage” of the ongoing pandemic.

“We are leading the world in testing, and we are proud to have conducted 25 million-plus tests,” the official said.