Trump Boasts He Likely Saved 'Billions' Of Lives In A Nation With 330 Million People

President Donald Trump describes a world in which he probably saved billions of lives.

President Donald Trump busted his boastful exaggeration record Saturday when he claimed he likely saved "billions" of lives with his measures against COVID-19. The entire population of the U.S. is just 330 million.

Trump claimed Monday he saved "tens of thousands" or possibly "hundreds of thousands" of lives because in late January he restricted foreign nationals from entering the country if they had been in China the previous two weeks. The restrictions did not apply to Americans, however, allowing a conduit for the disease to enter the U.S.

Trump made his outlandish billions claim at his press briefing Saturday. Based on some models, the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. was predicted to reach 100,000 to 220,000, he noted. "I really believe it could have been billions of people [who died] had we not done what we did," he added. "We made a lot of good decisions," he claimed.

There are 8 billion people in the entire world, so it's possible Trump was taking credit for saving an extraordinary number of lives around the world for some unknown reason. The U.S. has nearly a third of the 2.3 million COVID-19 cases around the globe — the highest in the world — but only 4.2% of the Earth's population. The U.S. also has the highest number of deaths — 36,000 — of any country. So whatever measures the nation is taking don't appear to be particularly successful.

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Hundreds of protesters gather outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz' official residence, Friday, April 17, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for a protest outside Gov. Tim Walz’s official residence in St. Paul against Minnesota's continued stay-at-home order. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
Protesters demonstrate against stay-at-home orders that were put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Rose Riggio, from Los Angeles, joins a crowd of people gathered at the corner of Main Street and Walnut Avenue in Huntington Beach, Calif., to protest coronavirus (COVID-19) closures on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
A crowd of people gather in Huntington Beach, Calif. to protest coronavirus closures on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
People protesting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home order, imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, drive around the state Capitol in Salem, Ore., Friday, April 17, 2020, where they were greeted by other flag-waving protesters. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Protesters demanding Florida businesses and government reopen, march in downtown Orlando, Fla., Friday, April 17, 2020. Small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A woman wearing an American flag themed bandanna joins protesters demanding Florida businesses and government reopen, at rally in downtown Orlando, Fla., Friday, April 17, 2020. Small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Protesters demanding Florida businesses and government reopen, march in downtown Orlando, Fla., Friday, April 17, 2020. Small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Gary Mure and his granddaughter Naomie walk to join protestors at a rally in downtown Orlando, Fla., demanding Florida businesses and government reopen Friday, April 17, 2020. Small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A driver waves a sign at other protesters who were demonstrating against stay-at-home orders that were put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Protesters demonstrate against stay-at-home orders that were put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Hundreds of protesters gather outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz' official residence, Friday, April 17, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for a protest outside Gov. Tim Walz’s official residence in St. Paul against Minnesota's continued stay-at-home order. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
Virginia State police officer asks protesters to keep the social distance during the ReOpen Virginia protest at the Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Kelly Peter of Ashburn, left, and other protesters attend the ReOpen Virginia protest outside of the Capitol Square as they are not allowed to be inside of the ground in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Protesters carry rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Trump, however, declared Saturday that the U.S. has "produced dramatically better health outcomes than any other country with the possible exception of Germany."

It's uncertain what an accurate COVID-19 death toll prediction will prove to be, or how many will ultimately die. But several experts have said that Trump's months of inaction with a lack of testing, disease contact isolation and early social distancing measures likely cost countless lives in America.

- This article originally appeared on HuffPost US.

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