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Trump defends 'massive testing capability' during Democratic criticism in hearing

Trump defends 'massive testing capability' during Democratic criticism in hearing
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE defended his administration's “massive testing capability” on Friday while his response to the pandemic was being criticized by Democrats during a congressional hearing. 

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who chairs the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, asked three of the nation’s top public health experts Friday why Europe was able to contain the virus while the U.S. has not.

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: All adults in US now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine | White House launches media blitz to promote vaccines Suspect in custody in deadly Wisconsin tavern shooting White House launches media effort to promote coronavirus vaccines MORE, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded by saying that the U.S. did not shut down to the scale that Europe did early on.

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Somebody please tell Congressman Clyburn, who doesn’t have a clue, that the chart he put up indicating more CASES for the U.S. than Europe, is because we do MUCH MORE testing than any other country in the World,” Trump tweeted as the hearing was going on. 

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The president has long suggested that the country’s successful testing system is the reason why so many cases are being reported, even as rates of positive results have also increased in states seeing spikes.

“If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES,” Trump added. “Our massive testing capability, rather than being praised, is used by the Lamestream Media and their partner, the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats, as a point of scorn. This testing, and what we have so quickly done, is used as a Fake News weapon. Sad!”

Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and COVID-19 testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir all gave testimony on the administration's COVID-19 response before the House's special subcommittee on the coronavirus on Friday morning.