Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies

Democratic leaders said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE’s strategy for coronavirus testing is to “deny the truth” about the current lack of supplies.

Democrats, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Trump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? MORE (N.Y.), reacted in a statement to the Trump administration’s plan for testing that was submitted to Congress on Sunday.

The congressional leaders alleged the administration “still does not have a serious plan” to boost testing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further


“This disappointing report confirms that President Trump’s national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there aren’t enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states,” the statement read. 

“In this document, the Trump Administration again attempts to paint a rosy picture about testing while experts continue to warn the country is far short of what we need,” it continued.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayGOP Health Committee chair says he disagrees with Trump's WHO decision Lobbying battle brewing over access to COVID-19 vaccine Trump officials seek to reassure public about safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine MORE (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, also signed onto the statement.

The administration’s strategy sent to Congress pledged it would purchase 100 million swabs by the end of the year in order to distribute them to the states.

The report reiterates the administration's position that testing is a responsibility for the states instead of the federal government.


Trump’s strategy requests that all states test at least 2 percent of their populations in May and June. The report then details the testing targets that each state reported to federal officials in May. 

“With support from the Federal government to ensure States are meeting goals, the State plans for testing will advance the safe reopening of America,” the plan says.

In their statement, the Democratic leaders requested a better explanation for how the targets were determined, how they would be met and the consequences for states if they did not meet the targets. They also criticized the administration for placing the burden of responsibility on the states.

The Democrats also called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad State and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November Teacher's union puts million behind ad demanding funding for schools preparing to reopen MORE (R-Ky.) to stop blocking the most recent House-passed coronavirus relief package, so necessary funds could improve testing. The leaders said in order for the country to reopen, the U.S. needs free, accurate and reliable testing.  

Political leaders have disputed whether increased COVID-19 testing is necessary before reopening, as states across the country begin to loosen their restrictions. 

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.