Trump Makes Bogus Claim That Obama’s At Fault For COVID-19 Test Kit Shortage
President Donald Trump and his allies have tried to argue for weeks that any criticisms lodged his way for his administration’s bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic were political attacks against him, and not legitimate complaints.
On Friday morning, Trump himself made a baseless and political attack on Twitter against his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. Trump’s complaints also targeted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in his tweets.
“For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it,” Trump wrote. “It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped.”
The president provided no evidence in his tweet to back up his claim.
“[The Obama administration’s] response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!”
…. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020
The tweets from the president prompted a response from Ronald Klain, who once served as former Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff.
Trump had also attacked Biden on Thursday for his supposed role in the alleged inadequate response the administration had in addressing H1N1. Klain, who also served on the H1N1 task force, took issue with Trump’s viewpoint.
“Facts: The Obama administration tested 1 million people for H1N1 in the first month after the first US diagnosed case,” Klain said in his own social media posting. “The first US #coronavirus case was 50+ days ago. And we haven’t even tested 10,000 people yet.”
Some officials from the CDC have readily admitted they were ill-prepared to handle a pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the coronavirus task force, spoke to Congress this week about the issue.
“That is a failing. It is a failing. Let’s admit it,” he said.
A little more than 12,000 U.S. citizens died from H1N1 in 2012, according to reporting from CNN. Estimates for how many could perish from coronavirus vary, but at its lowest end, it could be around 70,000 people that may succumb to COVID-19, according to one projection. Another projected estimation shows as many as 1.7 million could die because of the disease.
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