Trump: 100,000 virus deaths is 'very sad milestone'

Trump: 100,000 virus deaths is 'very sad milestone'
Trump: 100,000 virus deaths is 'very sad milestone'

A day after the United States topped 100,000 deaths from the Coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump joined the expression of grief for the families of those who have died in the pandemic which has swept around the globe.

"We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000," the President wrote on Twitter, as he expressed his 'heartfelt sympathy' to family and friends of the dead.

As the numbers hit 100,000 on Wednesday, the President made no statement about death toll, as leading Democrats took on that role instead.

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"God Bless each and every one of you and the blessed memory of the one you lost," former Vice President Biden said in a video message from his home in Delaware.

"One hundred thousand," said Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). Those we have lost can’t just be a number. A statistic. A line in a history book. They were our friends, our loved ones, our children and grandparents."

While calling the 100,000 deaths 'tragic,' Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said all sides need to be paying more attention to the large number of deaths in nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the nation.

"Seniors in these settings should be a top focus of our prevention efforts," Rubio said on Thursday.

In some states, the nursing home deaths represent an overwhelming share of Coronavirus losses, over 80 percent in Minnesota, 70 percent in Ohio, and near 50 percent in Florida and Georgia.

Democrats continued to blame the President and his administration for not being better prepared, as an old tweet from October 2019 by Joe Biden became a focal point on Twitter.

"We are not prepared for a pandemic," Biden said that day. "Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores."