President Donald Trump said Friday morning that he had just spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping and was pleased with the progress China is making in controlling the coronavirus that has so far killed 600 and infected at least 31,000 worldwide.

On Twitter, Trump declared that he was confident Xi “will be successful” in stopping the coronoavirus outbreak:

Oddly, the president also suggested that as “the weather starts to warm,” the coronavirus will become weaker, but provided no factual evidence to support such a specious claim:

Where in the world Trump got the idea that warming weather will help prevent the spread of a global pandemic is unknown, but White House reporter Andrew Feinberg noted that he had never heard such a thing:

Others also commented on the president’s postings:

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