Trump asks what the '19' in COVID-19 stands for

"I said, 'What's the 19?' COVID-19. Some people can't explain what the 19th COVID-19. I said, "It's a strange name," Trump said to young followers in Phoenix, "I've never seen anything like it."
According to Tuesday's Reuters balance sheet, there are more than 2.3 million cases and over 120,000 deaths in the United States.
Video transcript
DONALD TRUMP: I said it the other night. Did someone see my speech the other day on Saturday evening?
[CHEERING]
What I said the other day, there has never been anything where they have so many names. I could give you 19 or 20 names for it, right? It all has different names. Wuhan--
[LAUGH]
- Wuhan started. Corona virus, right? Kung flu, yes?
[CHEERING]
Kung flu.
[CHEERING]
COVID, COVID-19, COVID. I said what's the 19? COVID-19. Some people can't explain what the 19 - give me the - COVID-19, I said, that's a strange name. I could give you many, many names. Some people call it the Chinese flu, right? They call it China in contrast to - China.
[CHEERING]
I've never seen anything like it. But here's the story - we will be stronger than ever and it will be soon.
[Cheers and applause]

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