Trump expresses ‘heartfelt sympathy’ as US passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths

President Trump expressed his “heartfelt sympathy” on Thursday as the US coronavirus death toll passed 100,000.

“We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000. To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent,” the president posted on Twitter. “God be with you!”

More than 356,000 have died worldwide from the coronavirus.

Vice President Mike Pence also offered his thoughts on the grim landmark that the nation reached Wednesday.

“Our hearts and prayers are with all the families of the more than 100,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the Coronavirus. We will never forget your loved ones or your loss. God bless them and God bless you all,” Pence said on Twitter.

Trump and other leaders have blamed China for misleading countries around the world about the spread of COVID-19 after the initial cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.

He said Beijing’s inaccurate reporting of the number of cases it had left the rest of the world unprepared for the severity of the disease.

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