Kathy Griffin says Trump 'lying' about coronavirus testing because she can't get tested
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Comedian Kathy Griffin on Wednesday accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE of lying about the accessibility of coronavirus tests, saying she couldn’t get tested at a hospital because of federal restrictions despite showing “unbearably painful symptoms.”

Griffin responded to a tweet from Trump claiming that the United States has done far more testing than any other nation, saying she is not eligible to be tested under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restrictions.

The 59-year-old posted photos of herself behind a glass door in hospital room with a mask covering her nose.


Griffin’s struggle to obtain a diagnosis appears consistent with others across the country who have complained about the lack of accessibility to testing kits.

The president wrote that the U.S. had tested more people over an eight-day period than South Korea had in eight weeks, comments that were also shared by the coordinator on his coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx.

"Probably by today we will have done more tests than South Korea did in eight weeks, in the last eight days," Birx said during a Fox News town hall on Tuesday. "In the last eight days we've done more testing than South Korea."

South Korea is seen as one of the countries that has done an excellent job of testing and treating its populace. 


Birx said South Korea has done about 290,000 tests, and the United States has now done more than 300,000. She said the U.S. is now doing 50,000 to 70,000 tests per day. 

When reached by Entertainment Weekly, a representative for Griffin was unable to immediately confirm the status of her health. 

During the first year of the Trump presidency, Griffin landed in hot water when she posed for a series of photos with a prop meant to look like his severed head. She was interviewed by the Secret Service and fired from a number of gigs, including co-hosting CNN's annual New Year's coverage.