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President Donald Trump's reelection team sent cease-and-desist letters to television stations, threatening legal action if they continue to air an ad created by a liberal Super PAC that says Trump called the coronavirus a "hoax".

"The coronavirus", Mr. Trump is heard saying at the start of the ad.

An ad by former Vice President Joe Biden also did something similar, according to the Washington Post.

The ad, which is titled Exponential Threat, splices together different audio clips of Trump downplaying the virus over a graphic showing the number of cases on the rise. "And we will win this war, and we'll win it much sooner than people think". He has also declared a national emergency and invoked powers to force the widespread production of needed medical supplies.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C. on February 28, 2020.

The next day, Washington state reported the first USA death linked to the virus, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease.

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As of Friday the coronavirus had infected more than 100,000 people in the United States, now the world leader in cases of COVID-19, the illness named after the new virus was first identified in China late previous year.

"We stand by the facts in the ad and every single TV station has agreed to keep running [the ad]", the spokesperson. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand. "Trump's inaction and lies are continuing to hurt millions of Americans and he must be held accountable".

Priorities USA said the ad was still running in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and would be expanded into Arizona over the next few weeks. "It's meant to intimidate".

"Because PUSA's ad's central point is deliberately false and misleading, your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements, to serve the public interest, and to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation", the campaign wrote. "So I'm retweeting it", Adam Parkhomenko, a co-founder of the 2016 Ready for Hillary Super PAC, tweeted on Wednesday.

In fact, it was a mere four weeks ago that Trump, speaking of the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the USA, declared that number in "a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done".

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