Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Trump gets Seoul population wrong

US President Donald Trump recently tweeted that the US have been doing far more tests than any other country including South Korea.

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"

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.

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