Just reported that the United States has done far more “testing” than any other nation, by far! In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020
On the 30th of March 2020 during a press briefing a reporter asked Trump if he could back up his tweet as the US is still behind other countries per capita testing.
Trump responded by asserting, “Look … per capita we have areas of country that’s very large.” He then proclaimed, “I know South Korea better than anybody. It’s a very tight …” before posing the question, “You know how many people are in Seoul” You know how big the city of Seoul is?”
He answered his own question, stating: “38 million people. That’s bigger than anything we have. 38 million people all tightly wound together. We have vast farmlands, we have vast areas where they don’t have much of a problem … in some cases they have no problem whatsoever"
A question about per capita testing causes the President to misstate the population of Seoul by around 30 million pic.twitter.com/jyqfCJhlgU— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 30, 2020
Many experts including a 2018 report on city populations by the UN states that the population of Seoul is under 10 million making up 20% of the country's population.
Although Trump was correct in saying that the majority of the population is concentrated in a small area it would have been more accurate if he was referring to the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan.
What made him make that mistake? Maybe he was reading up on Tokyo just before the press briefing and got confused? Who knows with this US President who claims to be always right.