Trump Blatantly Lies (Surprise) About Non-Existent Obama-Era Rule Purportedly Slowing Coronavirus Testing — Report
President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, made an audacious claim that his administration made a decision to undo an Obama-era rule on medical kit testing.
Trump suggested that, had his administration not acted, the rule put in place by former President Barack Obama would have otherwise slowed down the process of getting testing kits to patients that suspect they have coronavirus symptoms, had he not removed it.
“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing, and we undid that decision a few days ago so that testing can take place in a much more accurate and rapid fashion,” Trump said.
There’s just one problem: such a rule doesn’t seem to exist.
Trump on coronavirus testing: "The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we're doing & we undid that decision a few days ago so that testing can take place in a much more accurate & rapid fashion" (what's he talking about?) pic.twitter.com/Z0UBaORIwI
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Prompted by reporters to elaborate on what rule specifically was tossed out, Trump deferred to Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the coronavirus outbreak task force.
Pence explained that “the last administration asserted FDA jurisdiction over testing, and the development of tests like this. The president changed that on Saturday.”
But again, such a rule doesn’t seem to be on the books at the Food and Drug Administration.
According to Peter Kyriacopolous, chief policy officer at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, Trump’s assertions were hard to follow. “We aren’t sure what rule is being referenced” by the president, he said.
President Donald Trump is one of two things: first, he is a notorious liar who misleads or tells false narratives to the American people dozens of times daily, on average; and second, he is a person who absolutely deplores Barack Obama, working to undo much of the former president’s legacy in the time since he’s taken office.
His comments Wednesday made clear efforts to demolish Obama’s legacy remain in place, even if they’re made-up in his own head.
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