PRESIDENT Trump said today he was not involved in a "model" that predicted hundreds of thousands of people were going to die from the coronavirus.
Trump told reporters during a press conference that "I want to come way under the model."
Health experts have said that at least 200,000 people could perish.
More than one million people around the world have been infected with the virus as it continues to spread.
"The professionals did the models and I was never involved in a model," said Trump.
"At least this kind of a model."
Trump also said today that he will not wear a protective face mask despite the CDC recommendation that people wear facial coverings in public.
"I don't think I'm gonna be doing it," he said at the White House.
"You can do it, you don't have to do it. I'm choosing not to do it, but some want to do it. It is only a recommendation, it is voluntary."
He later added he was "feeling good" and could not see himself following the recommendation.
"I'm feeling good. Sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk…," he said.
"Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens…somehow, I don't see it for myself."
Federal officials stressed that surgical masks and N95 respirators should be left for those on the front lines.
Even First Lady Melania Trump tweeted tonight, “As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously."
During his press conference Trump also lashed out at CBS News reporter Weijia Jang when she asked him to clarify what Jared Kushner meant by using "our" relating to the shrinking national stockpile.
Trump called her question "nasty", saying that she "oughta be ashamed of herself."
The administration has said states should have done more to stockpile medical supplies, but it's not clear if anyone is ready for the potential rush that could ensue if people try to obtain medical masks for themselves.
The White House has faced pushback against strong social distancing guidelines from states with lower rates of infection.
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