Trump defends ‘massive testing capability’ during Democratic criticism in hearing
President Trump 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 Fauci, 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.
Rep. Clyburn pushed Dr. Fauci to explain why Europe was able to contain the virus and the U.S. was not. His answer: We didn’t lock down enough and opened up too soon pic.twitter.com/TuSzaPgmcX
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 31, 2020
“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.
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. If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2020
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.