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President Trump, broadly criticized for his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, tried to shift blame Friday to his predecessor’s dealing with of a well being disaster 11 years in the past.
In a collection of tweets Friday morning, Trump accused former President Barack Obama of creating unspecified modifications that “difficult” the Facilities For Illness Management and Prevention’s testing system.
Trump falsely charged the Obama administration’s response to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak as a “full scale catastrophe, with hundreds dying, and nothing significant achieved to repair the testing drawback, till now.”
…. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale catastrophe, with hundreds dying, and nothing significant achieved to repair the testing drawback, till now. The modifications have been made and testing will quickly occur on a really massive scale foundation. All Pink Tape has been minimize, able to go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020
Trump has, on quite a few events, accused the Obama administration of implementing a rule change that difficult testing. Nevertheless, no such rule was ever put in place, in line with FactCheck.org.
Coronavirus testing has been a key level of criticism of the Trump administration, with testing solely changing into widespread within the U.S. this week, and kits stay in restricted provide.
Trump introduced Friday in a tweet that “testing will quickly occur on a really massive scale foundation. All Pink Tape has been minimize, able to go!”
He gave the impression to be referring to an announcement that the Division of Well being and Human Companies has awarded grants to 2 firms creating assessments that may present leads to beneath an hour. These assessments, nonetheless, will not be accessible for about six to 12 weeks.
The administration additionally appointed a federal coordinator to supervise testing.
In a information convention Friday afternoon, Deborah Birx, who has been tasked with serving to the administration coordinate its response to the coronavirus, stated there was “intense effort” put into “bringing the supply of those high quality coronaviral testing to the American individuals at unprecedented velocity.”
“I perceive that plenty of this behind-the-scenes motion within the final couple of weeks was invisible to the press and the American individuals,” stated Birx, who’s an internationally acknowledged HIV/AIDS knowledgeable.
Trump additionally defended his administration’s actions on testing within the information convention.
Requested whether or not he took accountability for the obvious lag in widespread testing, Trump stated, “No, I do not take accountability in any respect as a result of we got a — a set of circumstances, and we got guidelines, laws and specs from a special time.”
He once more raised the comparability to swine flu, arguing, “They did not do testing like this.”
In accordance with a CDC estimate, there have been greater than 60 million swine flu circumstances reported within the U.S. between April 2009 — when the illness was first detected in California — and April 2010, with greater than 12,000 individuals dying.
The company stated the primary case was reported on April 15, 2009, and the federal government declared H1N1 a public well being emergency on the April 26. The primary check to detect the brand new virus was authorised by the FDA two days later. Shipments of the brand new CDC check started Could 1.
The Trump marketing campaign on Friday additionally lashed out at former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s potential opponent within the 2020 election, accusing him of exhibiting “horrible judgment and incompetence within the face of public well being points.”
The marketing campaign could have been referring to remarks Biden made in April 2009, when he stated on NBC’s Right this moment present, “I would not go wherever in confined locations now.” His feedback appeared out of line with official suggestions on the time.