Trump is gloating because he had been compared unfavourably to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand (a woman!), but now he says the virus tables have turned, so to speak. Maybe New Zealand isn't better than the US and Trump after all.
Now all of a sudden a lot of the places that they were using to hold up, they're having a big surge, and I don't want that, I don't want that, but they were holding up names of countries and now they're saying, "Whoops." In fact, even New Zealand, you see what's going on in New Zealand? They beat it, they beat it. It was like front page, they beat it because they wanted to show me something. The problem is, big surge in New Zealand. So you know, it's terrible.August 19:
New Zealand, by the way, had a big outbreak and other countries that were held up to try and make us look not as good as we should look because we have done an incredible job, but they're having a lot of outbreaks, but they'll be able to put them out and we put them out.August 20:
But they like to compare us to others. So they were talking about New Zealand. New Zealand, it's over, it's over for Zealand. Everything's gone. They're beautiful. They had a massive breakout yesterday. ... It's a tough deal. We've done a great job.Well, the news about "Zealand" sounds pretty bad.
Let's take a look.
New Zealand United States August 16 13 37,682 August 17 9 40,560 August 18 12 43,999 August 19 6 44,957 August 20 5 45,341 August 21 11 50,455 Six Days 56 262,994 2020 Totals 1,671 5,796,727DEATHS
New Zealand United States August 16 0 527 August 17 0 571 August 18 0 1,394 August 19 0 1,284 August 20 0 1,097 August 21 0 1,170 Six Days 0 6,043 2020 Totals 22 179,200
Going back to Trump's August 20 comment: 6 cases and 0 deaths is "a massive breakout" and 44,957 cases and 1,284 deaths is "a great job".
BUT the populations of the two countries are vastly different. The US has 331,277,530 people, while New Zealand has 5,002,100.
New Zealand United States Cases Per Million 334 17,498 Deaths Per Million 4 541Never mind.
Some psychologists believe Trump has a sadistic "addiction" to causing pain and death and he enjoys seeing the rising US death toll. If so, then his behaviour and comments over the entirety of the pandemic start to make perfect sense.