Donald Trump accused TV news of overplaying the risk of Covid-19 to “talk people out of voting”.
Speaking at a rally in Arizona, the President of the United States branded news network CNN “dumb b*****ds.”
And he repeated his claim that the virus was “rounding the corner” and would soon disappear.
He said: “[People] are getting tired of the pandemic, aren’t they?
“You turn on CNN, that’s all they cover. ‘Covid, Covid, Pandemic, Covid, Covid.’
“You know why? They’re trying to talk everybody out of voting.”
He added: “People aren’t buying it, CNN, you dumb b*****ds.”
Some 220,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic – from a total of 8.19 million cases.
Cases are currently surging in most states, with Connecticut and Florida saying the worst increases.
Only two states, Vermont and Missouri reported a fall in average numbers.
Arizona, where Trump is holding two outdoor rallies today, reported 748 new cases this afternoon, with three confirmed deaths from coronavirus.
On an earlier phone call with campaign workers, Trump blasted America’s foremost virus expert Anthony Fauci as a “disaster”.
Trump and Fauci, a member of his coronavirus task force, have been at odds over how best to handle a pandemic that has killed more than 219,000 people in the United States and weakened the president’s bid for re-election on Nov. 3.
Fauci openly complained about being cited in a Trump re-election campaign ad and said in an interview broadcast on Sunday night by CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he was not surprised that Trump himself contracted the virus.
Trump suggested he had avoided firing Fauci because of the negative blowback he would receive.
Fauci, 79, is one of the most respected scientists in the United States and has served under Republican and Democratic presidents. He has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
“Fauci is a disaster. If I listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths,” Trump added.