WASHINGTON- US President Donald Trump is facing ridicule and disbelief after telling a campaign rally that has instructed his administration to “slow the testing down” for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

His comments are the latest in a string of seemingly self-sabotaging statements that have prompted some analysts to ask: does Trump really want a second term in office?

The president “is acting trapped and defensive, and his self-destructive behaviour has been so out of step for an incumbent in an election year that many advisers wonder if he is truly interested in serving a second term”, says The New York Times.