It’s all quite simple:
Washington (AFP) – The White House rebuked the top US health agency on Sunday, saying “it let the country down” on providing testing crucial to the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been under intense scrutiny since producing a faulty test for COVID-19 that caused weeks of delays in the US response.
Critics have pointed out that it could simply have accepted kits made by the World Health Organization, (heavily criticized by Trump) which has been producing them since late January, instead of insisting on developing its own test.
“Early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing,” Navarro told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“Because not only did they keep the testing within the bureaucracy, they had a bad test. And that did set us back.”
The Food and Drug Administration has also criticized the CDC for not following its own protocols in manufacturing COVID-19 tests. The errors were not corrected until late February.
Trump often blames the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, for passing on “broken tests” for the new coronavirus — although Obama left office years before the virus came into existence.
But Navarro’s comments mark the strongest criticism by a named White House official of the CDC’s role in the administration’s slow roll-out of testing.
May 14, 2020
President Donald Trump on Thursday said testing for coronavirus might be “overrated,” revisiting his concern early in the outbreak that testing for the disease would raise the nation’s case count.
After touring the medical supply distributor Owens and Minor in Allentown, Pa., the president — he and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were the only members of the tour group not wearing masks — talked about his plans for expanding the Strategic National Stockpile and lauded his administration for its coronavirus response, including increased testing.
“America has now conducted its 10 millionth test. That’s as of yesterday afternoon. Ten million tests we gave. Ten million,” Trump said from a stage at the warehouse event, which had the trappings of a campaign-style rally.
“And CVS has just committed to establish up to 1,000 new coronavirus testing sites by the end of this month, and the 10 millionth will go up very, very rapidly.”
“And don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world,” he added. “But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.”
Trump said the news media had refused to report his “common sense” explanation for the country’s high case numbers. He repeated the misleading claim that the U.S. has tested more people than other countries, sidestepping the reality that testing as a share of the population is lower than in other countries.
“So we have the best testing in the world,” Trump said. “It could be the testing’s, frankly, overrated? Maybe it is overrated. But whatever they start yelling, we want more, we want more. You know, they always say we want more, we want more because they don’t want to give you credit.”
Trump needs “credit” like a dog needs a meaty bone. Always grabbing it; never giving it.
President Donald Trump deflected blame for the slow start of testing for the new coronavirus in the United States.
“We inherited a broken test,” he said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” ignoring the fact that the virus appeared years after the previous administration left office.
“We took over a dead, barren system,” Trump said. “That didn’t work, because when CDC first looked at their test, the biggest problem they had is, the test didn’t work. That wasn’t from us. That’s been there a long time. Now we have the best tests in the world.”
Trump’s assertion that the test “wasn’t from us,” gets things backwards. There could be no test for the virus that causes COVID-19 until the virus emerged.
Trump’s claim that his administration inherited a broken test “doesn’t make sense,” said infectious disease researcher Christopher Mores at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.
“The (Centers for Disease Control) designed it and validated it and deployed it,” Mores said. “It has since been found to have multiple problems and has been changed to address some of these.”
China officially reported the new disease Dec. 31, 2019. It sent a genetic map of the viral DNA to the world community Jan. 7, 2020.
O.K. now I get it, Trump followers: The reason for our slow response to the virus was the “bad test,” which we inherited from the previous administration, for a virus that emerged just last December, and this “set us back.”
We have the best tests in the world, and we’ve tested 3% of our population since the beginning of the year, which is incredible, even though “testing is overrated.”
In short, our response wasn’t slow, but our slow response wasn’t our fault. It was the fault of:
- The Chinese
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
- Too many bad tests
- Too many great tests
- Tests which are overrated.
Simple. It’s known as psychopathy. It also its known as “lack of leadership.” And because my followers are so intelligent, they (and FoxNews and Breitbart) are the only ones who understand it.
The rest of you and the fake media ask nasty questions like, “Why does the greatest country in the world have so many deaths by population? Just plain nasty.
Sure, 90,000 Americans have died, but that’s not the important thing.
The important thing is the nasty media don’t want to give me, Donald Trump, credit for a great job.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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